Twitter Scams Are Getting Out of Hand

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31 May 2018, 03:31

Crypto Twitter is packed with landmines - from verified accounts scamming to those making up a whole personality for the people they’re impersonating, and people are falling for it.

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For example, Chris Burniske, a partner at Placeholder, a New York venture firm that specializes in cryptoassets, recently tweeted about how developers are flooding into crypto despite recent lows and general FUD being spread. His tweet was immediately followed up by an impersonator claiming to be giving away BTC.

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Burniske is far from being the only one to have fallen victim to brazen impersonation. Many well-known (and not that famous) crypto people, from Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of the Ethereum platform, to initial coin offerings (ICOs) accounts, have added “Not Giving Away ETH/BTC” into their Twitter names. This is no deterrent for scammers: there are those imitating them so well that they add the same sentence into their own names - while simultaneously offering “free crypto.”

The transition from original account to scammer is almost seamless: the scammers often reply to a tweet by the real account, referencing something that has been said and adding things like, “Meanwhile, don’t forget about our giveaway!” However, their handles are getting increasingly bizarre, often simply a string of senseless alphanumeric characters.

And nobody is safe: it is not just developers and entrepreneurs being targeted. A number of journalists have their own Twitter doppelgangers as well. The reason for this, it must be presumed, is their large following - out of 10,000 people, someone is, unfortunately, bound to fall for this trick.

Meanwhile, there are scammers calling out other scammers, making Twitter accounts seem more personal than the original ones, and now the sign of “making it” in the crypto space is having people imitate you. What a time to be alive.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as free money - if someone asks you to send them an amount so they can send you even more, it’s a scam. Stay safe!

Source : https://cryptonews.com/news/twitter-sca ... d-1896.htm

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31 May 2018, 06:05

It's really disturbing now,, few days ago my friend lost his 25$ being cheated

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31 May 2018, 14:30

To be candid, it's getting out of hand, and that's the reason why twitter is taking strict measure on user activities on their accounts.

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31 May 2018, 14:34

Safik wrote:
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It's really disturbing now,, few days ago my friend lost his 25$ being cheated
Yes it is true I also lost money.........that is why I post this.....

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31 May 2018, 14:51

Yes twitter scams are out of hand and twitter should control them by bringing some policies.
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31 May 2018, 18:49

Twitter should ban scam icos accounts in order to protect its own positive popularity among people.
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01 Jun 2018, 10:00

There are multiple threads about scams like this rolling around. But considering this discusses an "update" regarding scammer account duplication happening to anyone with followers these days - I'm leaving it up as "NOT A DUPLICATION OF CONTENT". Although - its still marginal.

My thoughts:
Twitter cannot stop someone creating an account unless they breach or open them in such a way that an algorithm can pinpoint a bot creation tactic being used.

The people creating these fake accounts are the ones that need to be stopped. One way to stop it - is for people to stop falling for obvious FAKE SCAMMER BULLSH*T - CRYPTO IS NEVER GIVEN AWAY!! Doublers, mining contracts that offer amazing over-hyped returns above what a regular miner can get, send eth now and I'll send you twice back or more.... come on people... WHY? Why do people keep thinking money is being given away?

AND for people who hate seeing this sort of behaviour to REPORT the fake accounts as soon as you see them. REPORT accounts that say they received money as well because they are also FAKE accounts that get used to trick others into thinking its real.

If you are a real person and not a bot reading this - take action. Stop a scammer today. You can't expect Twitter or any social media platform to do all the work for you - if you see a scammer - click on their account, go to the dropdown menu and report them as imitating another account. Twitter needs a better way to stop this craziness for sure - but right now the biggest way to help stop the spread of scammer disease is for regular users who know what a scammer looks like to just report report report the scammers.

And for people new to crypto - no one gives Crypto away for FREE. Airdrops and bounties require promoting, signups or endless referrals etc. Faucets can require watching a sh*ttonne of ads and being exposed to some of the worst porn links, pop-ups and pop-unders with script-mining crypto-terrorism and just poor attempts at money grabs with hyped up ads. Nothing is FREE. So never freely give your crypto away unless you have researched and can be assured your actually buying or going to get something in return.
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03 Jun 2018, 11:50

There are plenty of ICO'S who have clone twitter accounts which are scam and there is no solution to stop those killers...............innocent people fell easy prey for them :?

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03 Jun 2018, 12:16

Everywhere is scam and scam.. it's really hard to find a real one

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03 Jun 2018, 12:22

Now scammers are using Twitter for scamming people.. so now we have to be more careful

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03 Jun 2018, 13:54

Even some ICO's that got very good ratings on ICO bench and other ico rating sites turned out to be scams also. I bought die 100$ titanium blockchain (BAR) it got hacked and dropped to 1$ then they distributed new tokens TBAR and these dropped 90% last week to 4$. So in the end i lost 95% of my money on a real ico. I predict this is going to happen with minimum 90% of all ICO's so if you dont want to risk losing your money better put it in old coins like bitcoin, ethereum or litecoin.

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