A fake Elon Musk site to extract Bitcoin
The Whale Alert bot noted the transaction on Twitter earlier this week.
– Whale Alert (@whale_alert) March 1, 2021
“A payment of 5 Bitcoin (243,153 USD) just sent to a confirmed scam based on an Elon Musk giveaway. “
The scam, whose site is still online, is quite classic. She proposes to double bitcoins sent to an address, explaining:
“To verify your address, just send 0.1 BTC to 10 BTC to the address below and receive 0.2 BTC to 20 BTC. “
When victims send their BTC to it, of course, they don’t get anything back. They are then invited to make a second payment, the site claiming that the first has not been taken into account.
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Increasing scams and “bitcoin doublers”
Elon Musk has of course nothing to do with the site, nor with any distribution of Bitcoin. Scams using his name have flourished lately. Became the richest man in the world at the start of the year and particularly vocal on his love ofs cryptocurrencys – including Dogecoin (DOGE) – its image is particularly useful for scammers.
The identity of the person who sent this amount in Bitcoin to Elon Musk’s fake address is unknown. It is possible that it is a participant in the scam, who is forwarding his BTC from one address to another.
Still, in this matter, we will advise of course prudence. No site will allow you to double your Bitcoins, and an airdrop does not require the prior sending of cryptocurrencies. So be careful.
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