Nowadays, scammers are using Twitter to lure people into opening their fraudulent links. The fake giveaway trend started earlier this year – Vitalik Buterin even changed his Twitter name to “Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin”.
Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, recently tweeted a server cluster warning to his users. However, a verified account with Durov’s name replied to the same tweet and announced a promotion.
We're really sorry that the incident took place.
— Pаvel Durov (@JBONAMASSA) April 29, 2018
Another user named ‘Pavel Durov’ also thanked followers for their support by presenting them with a ‘gift’.
Thanks guys for your support!Now it's our time to gift you something!
That's why i'm announcing promotion of 5000 ETH and 1000 BTC! https://t.co/FGc3yec5dl – visit to get free ETH! (5000 Ethereum) https://t.co/rm56f75H9H – visit to get free BTC! (1000 Bitcoin) pic.twitter.com/WED6W7btiZ
— Pаvel Durov (@club8music) April 29, 2018
Both the accounts have been hacked – the first one belongs to guitar player Joe Bonamassa and the second one belongs to Swedish musical group Club 8. Users are advised to look closely at the account handle to find out whether the account is official or not. According to BlockShow, the scammers have already received 55.3 ETH ($37,299) and ~1.9 BTC (17,495).
A few days ago, Civic Key CEO Vinny Lingham, tweeted, “Twitter could easily stop these free giveaway crypto scams by simply preventing accounts that block you (so that you don’t see the reply) from replying to your tweet and posting a scam. I’m not giving any ETH or other crypto away – I’m sorry if you lost money!”
People have criticized Twitter for allowing these accounts to exist in the platform. However, Twitter told Verge that they are working on ways to stop these scammers.
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.
Until the matter is handled efficiently, please make sure that you read both the Twitter name as well as the handle before sending money to any BTC / ETH address. It should also be noted that none of the cryptocurrency or crypto project founders are offering or planning to offer such initiatives to their followers.
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