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Scammers Are Stealing Bitcoin on Twitter With a Classic Scheme

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A new version of a classic online scam is percolating on Twitter. And while anyone even halfway paying attention likely wouldn’t fall for it, the trick has already raked in thousands of dollars of ethereum and bitcoin in less than a week.

The scheme itself is pretty straightforward: Attackers make Twitter handles that closely mimic the verified accounts of well-known figures like Elon Musk, John McAfee, or Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin. Then they respond to one of those genuine tweets, giving the appearance of having started a thread, in which they claim that they’ll send a significant quantity of cryptocurrency (like 2 bitcoin) to anyone who sends a smaller amount of currency (like 0.02 bitcoin) to a particular wallet. Yup, that’s it. As of publication, you can see new attempts popping up on Twitter every few minutes…

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