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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Elon Musk comments on Ethereum scammers on Twitter - Vitalik responds...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is among a long list of people targeted by Ethereum scammers on Twitter.

The scam works like this - Elon Musk makes a real tweet, then immediately following it, a profile designed to look exactly like his will respond with something like "By the way, i'm doing a giveway for our fans..."  this usually then involves some gimmick like "Send 0.5 ETH, and get 3 back!".

The bots are aggressive, and manage to usually be the first reply to a targets tweets, causing Musk to comment:

"I want to know who is running the Etherium scambots! Mad skillz …"

Which then got Ethereum's creator Vitalik Buterin to respond, sadly saying:

“I do wish @elonmusk's first tweet about ethereum was about the tech rather than the twitter scambots........”

The scammers do seem to have dozens if not hundreds of impostor accounts pushing their scams.  Even Global Crypto Press has been hit by them - so far we've reported two accounts impersonating our organization (The only real one is @GlobalCryptoDev) - to Twitter's credit both were removed within 24 hours.

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Author: Mark Pippen
London News Desk