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Images snatched to promote supposed crypto expert

Belad Al-Karkhey February 20, 2024

A cryptocurrency trader has shared images of a bi-annual retreat she holds for her top investors.


False. The images have been taken from the social media accounts of a business coach and are unrelated to crypto trading.

A self-described LA-based gun crypto trader has posted images of her bi-annual getaway for her top investors.

Katherine Higham’s Facebook account (archived here) features photos of her claimed investors comparing notes in the sunshine and toasting their success.

However, the images do not show Higham and friends. They have been taken from the social media accounts of France-based business coach Karen Kissane.

The images show her bi-annual getaway for top female entrepreneurs.

Higham is one of more than 100 alleged financial traders using deception and false images to target Facebook users in the Pacific Islands.

A screenshot of the Facebook page.
 The Facebook page promises investors massive returns. 

AAP FactCheck has analysed dozens of these accounts as part of a special investigation.

In particular, Higham targets vulnerable Facebook users in the Solomon Islands with a promise of a quick return on their investment.

The account uses several images of Kissane across the profile, examples here, here and here which can be traced back to the business coach here and here.

There is no suggestion Kissane is in any way connected to the account.

A screenshot of the profile picture used on the Facebook page.
 The profile picture has been taken from Karen Kissane’s social media.  

Higham has also posted an image of a supposed conversation with a client which features a phone displaying a CoinMarketCap account.

The conversation suggests the client is transferring money from CoinMarketCap, which is a price-tracking website for crypto-assets, into an Italian bank account.

CoinMarketCap confirmed to AAP FactCheck the money transfer image is a fake, explaining the online platform is merely a tracking tool and cannot be used to transfer funds.

“We would like to clarify that there is no way for us to receive a payment or process a transaction through our system,” a company representative said.

“The transactions entered into the portfolio on CoinMarketCap are self-supplied and serve as a tool for personal tracking purposes only; no actual funds are involved.”

A screenshot of one of the Facebook posts.
 The supposed money transfer shown in this post is not possible. 

Higham also posts images of claimed clients, including this image of someone supposedly called Victoria Robinson holding wads of cash.

“Robinson” features under various names as claimed clients on several other accounts of self-described traders, as seen here, here and here.

AAP FactCheck put several questions to the person running the Higham account but did not receive a response.

The Verdict

The claim a cryptocurrency trader has shared images of a bi-annual retreat she holds for her top investors is false.

The images, along with several others, have been taken from the social media accounts of business coach Karen Kissane.

The Higham account has also posted a fake bank transfer notification and an image of an alleged client who features under various names on the accounts of other self-described traders.

False — The claim is inaccurate.

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