Twitter is taking steps to reduce the amount of cryptocurrency scams on its platform. In recent weeks, several Twitter scammers have masqueraded as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Elon Musk or John McAfee. They will use deceptive tactics such as a slight misspelling of a username or use the same avatar or similar avatar from the verified account, and tell followers to send them a small amount of money to receive a larger amount.
In a statement to The Verge, Twitter says it will begin to eliminate these types of accounts. "We are aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing a series of signals to prevent these types of accounts from interacting with others in a deceptive manner."
In February, the real Buterin had satirically tweeted that if users sent him 0.1 ether, he would not send them anything, "because I'm too lazy." The scammers, pretending to be @VitalikButter or @VitalikButerjm, took advantage of his tweet by responding to him with tweets that still ask for small amounts of ether. Those who fell for the scam must have lost the dubious names of the fake accounts and their lack of a checkmark.
The scammers eventually overwhelmed Buterin, and he responded with a flat denial of the fake accounts in March by changing his name to show Vitalik "No, I'm not giving away ETH" Buterin.
No, I'm not giving away ETH.- Vitalik "No, I'm not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) March 4, 2018
The imitators of Elon Musk are also out there. A fake Elon account responded to the @ SpaceX tweet that the Internet broadcast of the Falcon 9 release was already live on March 6, saying: "Just for today I decided to give 3000 ETH to my fans." At the time of publication, the fake @elonmuskik account has been suspended. The @VitalikButerjm account is still active.