A class action lawsuit has been brought by dozens of people who believe they have been scammed by investing in financial products touted by famous influencers, including Dubai-based couple Marc and Nadé Blata, the plaintiffs’ lawyer announced on Monday.
Two collective complaints bringing together 88 joint complaints, in particular for “fraud” and “breach of trust” were filed Friday with the Paris prosecutor, said lawyer Alexandre Dacos during a press conference.
These complaints were filed “against X” but primarily target the practices of the influencer couple Marc and Nadé Blata “and the network which allows them not to act alone”, he explained.
Contacted by AFP, Marc and Nadé Blata did not respond immediately.
These complaints follow the couple’s sale and promotion of two financial products, the NFT “Animoon” and the trading channel “Blatagang”, in which thousands of their subscribers have invested, without seeing the promised gains. , according to the lawyer.
For the first, it is an NFT, therefore a virtual work of art and for the second, a Telegram channel encouraging “copy trading”, via investment platforms which offer to imitate purchases by professional traders in the hope of getting rich easily.
According to Me Dacos, the total damage is estimated at 6.3 million euros, with “thousands of investors having lost from a few hundred to 100,000 euros” in these two projects.
According to their lawyer, from the firm Ziegler & Associés specializing in cryptocurrency scams, it would be a so-called “rug pull” scam. This common scam involves a developer attracting, sometimes using influencer promotion, investors to a new cryptocurrency project and then pulling out before the project is built, leaving investors with worthless currency.
Marc Blata, with more than 4 million subscribers on Instagram, and active in the promotion of these products, has acquired notoriety on social networks with his “croustis”, presented as revelations on the world of reality TV, the stars of the rap or football.
The procedure is “a first” according to the AVI Collective (help for victims of influencers) which initiated it, and brings together several alleged victims of the Blata couple and which indicates in a press release that it wants to “warn the public about the dangers of promotions of certain unscrupulous “stars” and “pointing out the passivity of the platforms” while encouraging other victims to file a complaint.
Rapper Booba entered a crusade against the Blata couple in December 2021, regularly denouncing on social networks the risk of scams around products promoted by Dubai influencers.
Another complaint targets influencer Dylan Thiry, who is accused of having embezzled money collected in the form of cyber kitties with his humanitarian association.