A former RTE host has blasted a scam using his face that has been going around on social media.
Mike Murphy, 81, warned people about an investment fraud that he slammed as a "total and utter fabrication". Murphy, who is not retired, said scammers have been using pictures from his appearance on the Tommy Tiernan Show.
The Dubliner said: "I don't know what you do in these situations. I have heard about these kinds of things before but I'm irked by it and very, very concerned lest anyone would think it's true. It is utterly a scam that is literally what it is."
Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTE Liveline, Mike said he was horrified after he was told someone had invested in the scam. He said: "Someone from RTE told me this morning that a person had been in touch and said that they had invested in whatever the hell this thing is.
"And like I said I don't know what it is but I'm amused at the idea that in the middle of an interview with Tommy Tiernan, I leaned across him and said, 'Here's how to make a quick buck Tommy. Give up the telly and I'll show you how to make some real money'. So the idea I would do that is ludicrous."
He added: "Joe, you know from doing the show there are people out there that one might be gullible but even more importantly might be vulnerable and who might say, 'Because this man they have seen on television or they might have met or whatever is recommending it maybe I should do it'.
"And I just want to absolutely state this is a complete total and utter fake and fabrication. I have not been involved in it in any way."
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