William Shatner Desires you to Know he is not Providing Away ETH
Cryptocurrency scams are on the rise. In a recent workshop organized by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dubbed &lsquoDecrypting Cryptocurrency Scams&rsquo, it was revealed that shoppers lost approximately $542 million in the first two months of this year in crypto-related fraud. By the finish of 2018, this figure could hit the $three billion mark according to the director of FTC&rsquos Bureau of Customer Protection, Andrew Smith.
Now, William Shatner has become the newest celebrity to be impersonated on Twitter with a view of scamming unsuspecting crypto investors. The actor most well-liked for his Star Trek role as Captain Kirk has consequently sent out an alert warning of the Ponzi scheme.
BTW yet another fake me pushing a pump and dump crypto Ponzi scheme: @wiliiamshatners
&mdash William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 2, 2018
From the scammer&rsquos tweeting history, activity began on June 20 with a post publicizing a internet site, etherpromotion.org, which was giving away ten,000 ETH. All that visitors to the site required to do was send between .5 and 20 ETH, purportedly to confirm their addresses. The tweets, as well as the web site, promise to send back the ETH with the amounts obtaining been enhanced by ten occasions!
Still out There
In spite of Shatner and several of his followers flagging the impostor account who bears his name as effectively as his Twitter profile picture, the scammer had nevertheless not been taken down from the microblogging platform at the time of writing. The web site is also reside.
Going by the history of such fraudulent activities, scammers have increasingly turned not only to impersonating high profile individuals but particularly these who are involved in the crypto space in a single way or the other. As CCN reported, Shatner in his function as a spokesperson for the Solar Alliance Power lately announced that the outfit was building a crypto mining facility that utilizes solar energy.
As Spokesperson for @Solar_Alliance I&rsquom proud to announce that they are building North America&rsquos very first huge scale solar powered cryptocurrency mining facility. I really feel like a miner forty-niner: but where exactly where&rsquos my Clementine? 🤔🤷🏼&zwj♂️ #JointheAlliance pic.twitter.com/W9oDMQhg4S
&mdash William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 13, 2018
The solar-powered crypto mining facility will be situated in Murphysboro, Illinois, where Solar Alliance Power has purchased a warehouse facility measuring 165,000 square feet.
&lsquoNot Giving Away ETH&rsquo Celebs
Other celebrities who have been impersonated with a view of carrying out scams incorporate John McAfee, tech entrepreneur and cryptocurrency evangelist Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla Vitalik Buterin, one of the founders of Ethereum Donald Trump and Sir Richard Branson.
In the case of Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group had to post on the conglomerate&rsquos official weblog to warn men and women against falling victim to the scams.
Even though in the case of Shatner the impostor utilized a randomly generated name as a Twitter handle – @cfpfYzzu2QxOVIs, scammers in other situations have taken pains to make sure their handles have as close a resemblance to the real account as possible. In the case of Elon Musk, for instance, various spelling variations of his name have been employed including @Eilon_Musk, @Alon_Musk, @ElonMuski, @Elonn_Musk and @EloonMusk.
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Published at Sun, 08 Jul 2018 18:03:46 +0000