Despite Twitter attempting to ban scammers and impersonators on its platform, one impersonator broke into Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk’s official account on Thursday with a fake lookalike verified account.
The scammers hacked verified account of Elon Musk, change the display name to “Elon Musk,” copy his profile photo and then started retweeting and pumping out Tweets about a fake Cryptocurrency giveaway in a bid presumably to convince people that it’s the official account of controversial Tesla boss, Elon Musk.
The scammers then post in comment threads started by the real Elon Musk, so as to give the impression of legitimacy. Some of the scam tweets said that Elon Musk was conducting “the biggest” crypto-giveaway in the world for those who use “Bitcoic”, and provided a link to “participate” in the giveaway.
The tweets have since been deleted with many accounts recovered, though some were left blank while waiting for their owners to re-enter their name and profile picture.
This is a very high profile scam. As per the norm with such scams, it invites users to send a small amount of crypto to a given wallet, and in return, multiple Bitcoins will be credited to your account. Although, of course, they won’t.
“I want to know who is running the Etherium scambots! Mad skillz,” Musk had earlier tweeted. Twitter, in a statement, reacted by saying it was working on ways of bringing the issue under control. “We’re aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing a number of signals to prevent these types of accounts from engaging with others in a deceptive manner.