Twitter followers of Elon Musk and Donald Trump have been targeted by a crypto-currency scam that has resulted in fraudsters getting tens of thousands of pounds. The phoney Elon Musk account was suspended 24 hours later after MailOnline contacted Twitter for comment. Underneath, a fake Elon Musk account @elonmuskik had tweeted; ' Just for today I've decided to give away 3000 ETH to my fans. Simply send 0.5-4.0 ETH to my address and I'll send you back 5-14 ETH.' However, these accounts do not have the 'verified' badge on Twitter, often do not have any followers on Twitter and have not tweeted before, writes BBC. Neither users have any information on their Twitter profile, do not follow anyone and have only tweeted once. In February, another Elon Musk impersonation account tweeted; 'Hi guys! 'We are on it,' company CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted in reply to a user complaining about the scam. The scammers, tweeting with the handle @DoonaldTrump65 - which has since been suspended - wrote a message that was almost identical to the one from the fake Elon Musk account. Because I'm the best President ever I'm donating 250 Ethereum to the ETH community!
Users were asked to send specific amounts of the cryptocurrency Ethereum to the SpaceX founder and the US President – among other celebrities that have been targeted – in return for a larger giveaway.
Scammers created fake accounts that looked as similar to the real ones as possible and posted the scam below tweets from the actual individuals.
However, they never fulfilled that promise to send money back.
The phoney Elon Musk account was suspended 24 hours later after MailOnline contacted Twitter for comment.
In the meantime it had already taken in tens of thousands in fraudulent money.
The Donald Trump account had already been suspended at the time of writing.
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The scam first started growing traction at the beginning of last month and fraudsters have since set up phoney handles for company tycoon John McAfee and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin.
Yesterday SpaceX tweeted ‘Webcast of Falcon 9 launch is now live’.
Underneath, a fake Elon Musk account @elonmuskik had tweeted; ‘ Just for today I’ve decided to give away 3000 ETH to my fans. Simply send 0.5-4.0 ETH to my address and I’ll send you back 5-14 ETH.’
3000 ETH (Ethereum) is the equivalent of £1.7m ($2.3m).
However, these accounts do not have the ‘verified’ badge on Twitter, often do not have…