Although bitcoin is not expensive as before, people’s interest on blockchain and altcoin is still increasing. There are so many bitcoin scams that you can never imagine, for example, fake twitter bot accounts of celebrities. Not want to be fooled? Sharpen your vigilance.
As mentioned above, fake twitter bot accounts of celebrities has recently become popular. Believe it or not. So many people have fallen into the trap.
These fraudulent accounts flooded into the social meadia platform and pretended to be the authorities, such as Donald Trump, Elon Musk and Vitalik Buterin, asking for altcoin donations in exchange of bigger rewards.
There was such a scammer who posted a comment under the real Elon musk, said:
“Hi guys! I’m donating 250 Ethereum to the ETH community!
First 250 transactions with 0.2 ETH sent to the address below will receive 1.0 ETH in the address the 0.2 ETH came from.
The promotion will last 24 hours! Hurry!”
Think about it. Will such a millionaire send you ETH for no reason? Since the Ethereum BlockChain Explorer can search all transactions, it comes that the scammer has already gotten more than $4,000 worth of ETH through the small 0.2 ETH donations.
A self-proclaimed twitter bot hunter, Josh Emerson, has exposed over 1,200 scammer accounts by Thursday:
“It looks like just a run of the mill scam.
All of the new accounts are impersonating larger crypto personalities and then are boosted by bots.”
Thankfully some of the accounts has been taken down. However, the number of them sprout faster than Twitter can delete them.
The multimedia artist Erin Gallagher, who maps political hashtags and automated accounts, tracked and mapped the network for the copy-and-pasted scam phrases, “Hi guys! I’m donating 250 Ethereum to the ETH community!” and “donating Ethereum.”
Undoubtedly such cheating method is very subdued and capable of being used frequently, at a low cost but with a high return, and it is not targeted at most of the most discerning individuals, but only at the greedy “reflexes.”
Denley’s script, EtherSecurityLookup, runs as a browser extension on Google Chrome.
The extension catches Twitter accounts that impersonate established users or companies. In the crypto community, this is usually done to plug fraudulent projects, or just straight up ask strangers to send them money.
Recently most social media platform, such as Facebook and Weibo, have banned all crypto related advertisements. But there are still some fraud messages on Twitter and Telegram.
Remember, there is no such thing as a free lunch. It is necessary to understand the background of the other person, grasp the basic knowledge of block chain, digital asset, digital asset wallet, and think twice.
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