Sorry folks, Elon Musk didn’t suddenly decide to share millions of dollars with his Twitter followers today with Bitcoin deposits.
Musk’s account was one of several high profile accounts along with Bill Gates, Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kayne West, and former President Obama who accounts were compromised and a link was sent out promising followers $2,000 in BTC if they would first send $1,000. Users needed to act fast, the offer was only good for 30 minutes.
A Twitter spokesman said the issue was “being looked into.”
While previous cryptocurrency scams tend to mimic verified Twitter users by creating accounts with similar handles, avatars, and cover photos, Wednesday’s scam was different in that the unknown hacker gained access to real accounts to proliferate their scam. The initial scam tweet promoting the fake giveaway from Musk’s account, which has nearly 37 million followers, went up at 1:17 p.m. PT.
Could they have at least tweeted something negative about Tesla stock to help drop the price a little?