Koh-Lanta: a user suspected of having embezzled donations in tribute to the deceased candidate Bertrand-Kamal

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A user will be tried on November 23, suspected of having misappropriated the pot created in tribute to Bertrand-Kamal, Koh-Lanta candidate in 2020 who died of cancer.

His death had caused a stir in the media world. On the death of Bertrand-Kamal, candidate for the “Koh-Lanta: the four lands” edition, Denis Borgniart announced on TF1 the creation of a fund in tribute to the deceased candidate, in order to support research on cancer of the pancreas. Problem: almost a year later, an Internet user is suspected of having embezzled donations, reveal our colleagues from the Parisian.

It embezzles funds via the creation of another site

The Arc foundation, for research on cancer, bought several domain names with the aim of creating a website in order to collect donations from viewers. On December 4, 2020, the “PourBertrandKamal.fr” site was launched during the Koh-Lanta final, shortly after 10 pm. A few minutes later, a third party bought another domain name, “PourBertrandKamal”, for ten euros, for malicious purposes.

After a few days, the Arc association is alerted by its service provider responsible for ensuring the security of financial transactions to its sites. A “malicious maneuver” would be in progress from the unsecured site “PourBertrandKamel”, which launched an appeal for donations. The creator of the site was thus able to divert the personal data of the donors, as well as the money they sent.

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Public confusion

“We immediately approached this individual so that he withdraws this domain name or transfers it to our Foundation because this site has sown confusion in the minds of the public” explained the Arc association to our colleagues from the Parisian. Behind the malicious site hides a former journalist who claims to have bought the domain “PourBertrandKamal” in order to prevent a crook from embezzling the funds: this is precisely what the man is suspected of.

For the time being, no investigation has been carried out and the damage remains undetermined. The suspect will be at the heart of a trial scheduled for November 23 at the Paris court. While waiting for the hearing, the alleged crook has changed his mind, since the site he created now redirects Internet users to his Twitter account, according to our colleagues from Le Parisien.