Fake Buterin and McAfee draw the aether from Twitter users

Cheaters cheat naive users of Twitter. Promising discounts and bonuses, they convince people to send them your hard-earned air. This is another Chapter of the endless Saga of scams, exploiting cryptocurrency fever and fear to miss opportunities associated with bitcoin and Ethereum.

Scammers are increasingly posing as people who are well known in the cryptocurrency community and the world of technology: Vitalik Buterin, Elon musk and John McAfee. Called them names, scammers used the accounts in which missing the mark "verified", in the hope that users will not notice.

Fake account asking for assets on behalf of John McAfee

If you follow the links present in these accounts, and to verify advertised Ethereum address, a short URL will lead to a similar page:

For greater persuasiveness of the page include a section similar to the case of payments of the ether, both incoming and outgoing. But the ledgers are false.

Below is a screenshot of the Ethereum addresses belonging to fraudsters. References to it appear in tweets, begging for money. Address shows outgoing payments, but they are most likely fake. If you check the balance of addresses in the legitimate search of the blockchain, it turns out that outgoing payments do not exist, there is only incoming. This crook managed to gather more than 40 ETH (about $35 000). Fake Twitter accounts posted a link to this address:

Fake the transaction log

Buterin personally drew the attention of the users for these kind of scamming, and bounce messages, asking their readers not to trust "anyone who begs in the Twitter ether."

February 23, Vitalik, demonstrating how easily fooled people, I wrote:

Terrible Twitter, part 629: click on this link, but don't put spaces. You will see that this is not my tweet.

While Twitter has not responded to numerous questions about what steps are being taken to put an end to the fraud.

On Friday, the scammers have used a new trick to circumvent the filters of Twitter: the word "address" they used the Cyrillic letter that looks like "r". About it said the malware expert Mikko Hypponen.

There are more sophisticated schemes where the fraudsters directly attacked the online accounts hacked SIM card and steal passwords. When dealing with such exchanges like Bitfinex or Binance, use docufactory authorization through the application and not the mobile number.

According to the materials of the Motherboard

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