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Fact check: No, President of Iceland won't reveal the secret to making an easy $350/day from home

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  • Actual fake news The photo and name of the President of Iceland are being used by a fake news site to scam unsuspecting people. Photo/Screenshot-vísir

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is challenging the "powerful elites" and "sending shockwaves" throughout all of Icelandic society after he revealed the amazing secret to making big bucks by working from home, CNN Money reports. Apparently Icelanders are leaving their jobs in record numbers swimming in the untold riches of a "new economy".

Only problem? The whole story is utter and complete nonsense! 

Fake news

Fake news, scam

Fake news, fake friends In fact, the President of Iceland makes public statements quite frequently! Photo/Screenshot

The news site which masquerades as CNN Money is a notorious phishing site which lures unsuspecting and gullible people into signing up for an elaborate scam. The signs should all be there: The website address is "sensatural.com" and Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is the President of Iceland - he already works from home, Bessastaðir estate, where the President's residence is located, making significantly more than 350 US dollars per day. 

The scammers appear to have picked up Guðni's photo on the internet, without realizing he is the president of Iceland. Nevertheless, the website quotes Guðni Th. at length extolling this once in a lifetime opportunity:

"It's even dangerous to talk about it, because the powerful elite does not want the average Iceland worker to have this much wealth. Because the wealthier the population is, the less power they themselves have. They hate me for sharing this!"

As is the case with any scam the pigeons are urged to act fast: This deal is only available for a short time!

"The key to success in life is preparation and timing. Sadly, this will really be the only opportunity in 100 years that the average person will have access building weath and making money at home. Because the window for this is so narrow, many Iceland workers will miss out on this. There really is just a few months or even weeks left to rake in mountains of cash."

You can see the full story by clicking this link, but be adviced the site you are entering is a scam!

Not the first Icelander to appear in fake news stories

Fake news
Real billionaire, fake news Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson's photo and name have also been used to scam people. Photo/Screenshot

Earlier this year the wealthiest man in Iceland, investor Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson found himself the victim of a similar fake news story and phishing scam. In February the billionaire's name and photo appeared in a story which was circulating Facebook, promising people a "classified system" which would help save people big bucks as they prepared their tax returns.

Read more: Iceland's sole billionaire drops 40 spots on the Forbes list of world's richest people

Needless to say, Björgólfur Thor has not released any secret or classified money making system to Icelanders or anyone else, for that matter. Björgólfur, who is number 1,161 on the list of the world's richest billionaires, is too busy looking after his actual business empire.

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