Elon Musk’s Twitter followers focused in faux crypto giveaway rip-off


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Giving Elon Musk a observe on Twitter? You may be shortlisted by scammers trying to defraud Elon’s latest followers.

New Musk followers are being added to a “Deal of the 12 months” record on Twitter that lures them into depositing small crypto quantities into the attackers’ pockets with the false promise of receiving as much as 5000 Bitcoin in return.

Pretend Elon: ‘1000 new followers’ get ‘5000 BTC’

Twitter accounts following Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX and associated accounts are being focused in a crypto giveaway rip-off dubbed ‘Freedom Giveaway,’ BleepingComputer has found.

I gave @elonmusk a observe right this moment to maintain updated with Twitter information. Inside just a few hours of doing so, I acquired this mysterious notification:

Suspicious notification targeting new Elon Musk followers
Suspicious notification focusing on new Elon Musk followers (BleepingComputer)

A pseudonymous account with Twitter brand set as its profile pic had added me to a Twitter record referred to as ‘Deal of the 12 months.’

For many Twitter accounts, together with Musk’s, the record of their followers is public and could be monitored by anybody together with bots and menace actors for nefarious functions. 

On cell, that is how the ‘Deal of the 12 months’ record seems like:

Twitter Deal of the Year scam list
Twitter ‘Deal of the 12 months’ record is a rip-off (BleepingComputer)

As of right this moment, the record has 155 members added by its admin (the menace actor), and these accounts when reviewed by BleepingComputer had been seen following Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX and associated organizations on Twitter.

Discover the header picture on the prime.

The banner seems to be an precise tweet from Elon Musk’s official account promising free crypto to “1000 new followers” chosen randomly.

That’s till you discover the actual person identify behind the rip-off account i.e., ‘@CroweYoshiko’ positioned proper beneath the record identify, ‘Deal of the 12 months’ with its profile pic (Twitter brand) lending some credibility to it.

The marketed URL, freedomgiveaway.internet can be convincing, given Mr. Musk is a self-described free speech absolutist, ceaselessly tweets about ‘freedom’ of speech [1, 2], and has taken controversial steps to steer Twitter in that course.

Bogus quiz asks you for BTC tackle

On the freedomgiveaway.internet web site, customers are greeted with a immediate to verify that they “are over the age of 18 years,” and additional introduced with bogus quiz questions on Tesla, StarLink, and Musk. The solutions to those are largely public data.

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Bogus quiz introduced by ‘Freedom Giveaway’ web site (BleepingComputer)

On answering the 3-4 questions, appropriately or not, customers are introduced with a display screen instructing them to key of their Bitcoin pockets tackle. No matter whether or not you choose Ethereum, Bitcoin, Binance Coin, or “I do not use cryptocurrency,” the web site will nonetheless immediate you for a BTC tackle.

The web site guarantees that your pockets can be credited with 5000 BTC, however first you need to deposit a small quantity—from 0.02 BTC to 1 BTC.

The false pretense is, the quantity despatched by the unsuspecting sufferer can be “multiplied” by 5-10 occasions with the massive sum being credited again to the sufferer’s pockets.

‘Freedom Giveaway’ asks you to your Bitcoin (BTC) pockets tackle (BleepingComputer)

The attacker’s marketed Bitcoin tackle is:

As with every crypto giveaway rip-off, the sufferer finally ends up sending the funds to the attacker’s pockets however by no means receives any quantity again.

A September report by cybersecurity agency Group-IB revealed the variety of crypto giveaway rip-off domains had tripled this yr.

In Might, investigation by McAfee and BleepingComputer discovered faux crypto giveaways had stolen hundreds of thousands from victims by reusing Elon Musk’s Ark Make investments YouTube movies to lure victims in direction of faux, rip-off domains.

On the time of writing, the pockets utilized by the ‘Freedom Giveaway’ rip-off exhibits a $0.00 steadiness indicating nobody has fallen for the rip-off but. However the rip-off may be too new, and given a few of its convincing parts, BleepingComputer feels warning about the rip-off is in public curiosity.

Twitter accounts following well-known personalities ought to be cautious of suspicious messages and notifications heading their manner.


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