On 19th July, Vitalik Buterin, the Co-Founder of Ethereum, tweeted about the prevalent bots’ intrusion on Twitter handles related to cryptocurrency. He basically referred to the feature present in almost all Ethereum giveaway pages that have a slider with the caption ‘Left Ethereum’.
These kinds of scams that promised users hundreds of tokens on the completion of a task have been rampant not just on Ethereum pages but also on other cryptocurrencies’ pages. In this case, Buterin questions whether all the scams are run by one group or by multiple parties. He also enquired in his tweet about these scams being some kind of white labeling arrangement.
A white level arrangement would mean that other handles or services were using the products created by the Ethereum Foundation, according to Buterin. The matter has come to such a head that even Vitalik changed his Twitter handle name to ‘Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin’.
The Twitter scam bots have been increasing at a staggering rate with almost every cryptocurrency fan page or follower page being followed by “send 0.5 ETH to get 5 ETH” giveaways, with names and pictures similar to the influencers.
Earlier, Buterin had tweeted about his verified handles that his followers can rely on. The tweet said:
“Here is a VCR (Vitalik Curated Registry) of all of my active social media accounts: //github.com/vbuterin | //reddit.com/u/vbuterin | //twitter.com/VitalikButerin. There may be a few smaller ones but nothing mainstream. Everything else I either don’t use or is a scam.”
Vitalik Buterin recently tweeted about the spambots on Elon Musk’s handle as well, promising to fix the issue that has been catching up. Ironically, the first reply on the Vitalik’s tweet was by a fake Binance spambot that said: “We could not do this without your support”
This issue is being discussed by a lot of members of the cryptocurrency community with a lot of Twitter users giving their opinions on the problem.
CryptoD, a Twitter user commented:
“It’s old tactic for scammers those who’s smart enough to detect typo are anyway not going to fall for them so they don’t have to spend resources. Same tactic used by scammers when they send Nigerian prince mail with wrong grammar so that smart people don’t contact them.”
Elliot Lee, another user commented:
“My guess is that the scams are all run by one or two guys.”
A lot of cryptocurrency personalities are ensuring that the awareness is spread because a lot of users have been duped by these spambots. Users have complained about losses of thousands of dollars because these spambot tweets looked legitimate.
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