In the latest example of Elon Musk’s identity (opens in a new tab) Misused in cryptocurrency scams, threat actors are targeting the eccentric billionaire’s latest Twitter follower, security experts warn.
According to reports beep computer, scammers created an anonymous Twitter account and placed a company logo on the profile picture to create a false sense of legitimacy. They then began monitoring Elon Musk’s Twitter account for new followers, adding them to a list called “Deals of the Year.”
Opening the list (which is public and visible to all), victims see a fake Elon Musk tweet in which he invites his new followers to a cryptocurrency giveaway.
“I’ve decided to randomly select 1,000 new fans to participate in the largest giveaway in crypto,” the tweet said, adding that if nothing else, an obvious grammatical error should be enough of a red flag.
The tweet also shared a link – freedomgiveaway.net, where victims need to go and complete a short quiz to participate in the “giveaway”. The quiz is mostly public knowledge, but it doesn’t matter if you get it right.
Once complete, the site will ask for your cryptocurrency address and promise to send 5,000 BTC (approximately $84 million at press time) to the lucky winner. But before they can be credited with their fancy cryptocurrency, they must first deposit a small amount of money into an “Elon’s” address — anywhere between 0.02 and 1 BTC.
The site also lists numerous fake reviews praising the campaign to make it more credible and attempt to defraud as many gullible investors as possible.
The address where the victim should deposit money can be found at this link (opens in a new tab), luckily, Elon Musk’s followers don’t seem so naive — wallets are empty, zero interaction so far. Let’s hope it stays that way.
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