Elon Musk Tweets About “Mad Skillz” of Ethereum Scam Bot Impersonators

Elon Musk called out recent cryptocurrency scammers for their ill-designed ploys to impersonate technology influencers.
Loukia Papadopoulos
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January this year saw an influx of fake Twitter accounts, many posing as creator of Litecoin (LTC) Charlie Lee, offering fake LTC giveaways. This lead to the real Lee tweeting a warning about the scammer accounts.

Scams evolve despite backlash

The scams continued, however, impersonating other technology influencers including PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. In February, in an attempt to completely distance himself from all fake accounts, Musk announced he owned no cryptocurrencies.

Now Musk has taken to Twitter in a surprising move that saw the scammed Tesla and SpaceX CEO praise the "mad skillz" of the Twitter bot criminals. However, considering the post was a response to a poorly worded clumsy scam attempt, the tweet was in all likelihood sarcastic.

Addressing impersonators

Ethereum and Bitcoin co-founder Vitalik Buterin has also addressed his impersonators in previous tweets. The programmer has even added the words "Not giving away ETH" to his Twitter bio.

Buterin, however, seemed disappointed in Musk's latest post, stating he wished the CEO's first mention of Ethereum would have addressed the technology rather than scammers. He also pleaded with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to assist with the ongoing seemingly unstoppable scams.

Buterin has also pinned a tweet from July 5th on his account outlining his real active social media accounts to avoid confusion with any fakes. It seems the programmer is taking every measure he can to protect himself.

Ironically or rather sadly, all of Buterin's posts relating to the scams were followed by further scam replies of giveaways. This problem, it seems, is here to last for a while.

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