Cryptocurrency's happy days seem to have been jinxed. After >crypto jacking and >crypto hacking, cryptocurrency scams is the latest buzzword that has been doing the rounds. Some Elon Musk fans learnt that the hard way.
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According to a BBC report, an account posing as Elon Musk on Twitter " with the handle @elonmuskik " has reportedly scammed the Tesla founder's fans.
The fraud account used Elon Musk's Twitter profile photo and responded to a tweet sent out by SpaceX's official Twitter handle. The fraudster reportedly promised fans a giveaway of 3000 ETH (ether) and asked for 0.5-4.0 ETH in return.
Interestingly, the impersonating account, by the looks of it, could mislead a user if they weren't too vigilant. For starters, the Twitter handle was not only wrong but also wasn't verified. This is a common modus operandi of these scammers.
The fraudster never gave away any ether currency to whoever responded to him or her.
JÕ½st fÐ¾r tÐ¾ÔÐ°Ñ I've ÔecÑÔeÔ tÐ¾ gÑve Ð°wÐ°Ñ 3000 ÐÐ¢Ð tÐ¾ mÑ fÐ°Õ¸s.
SÑmplÑ seÕ¸Ô 0.5-4.0 ÐÐ¢Ð tÐ¾ mÑ Ð°ÔÔress Ð°Õ¸Ô I'll seÕ¸Ô ÑÐ¾Õ½ bÐ°ck 5-40 ÐÐ¢Ð.
If ÑÐ¾Õ½ Ð°re lÐ°te, ÑÐ¾Õ½r ÐÐ¢Ð wÑll be seÕ¸t bÐ°ck.
" ÐlÐ¾Õ¸ MÕ½Ñk (@elonmuskik) March 6, 2018
But, the problem does not cease to exist. This tweet from this fake account was further amplified by bots, a flaw for which Twitter has received criticism, especially during 2016 US elections. Some of those bots were dormant since September 2017.
Other celebrity accounts which have been involved in a similar scam are related to Ethereum cryptocurrency founder Vitalik Buterin.