Imagine seeing a message from billionaire Bill Gates, asking you to send $1,000 in Bitcoin to a specific address, promising to double the contributions in return, you’d be tempted right? Well, that’s why his, along with several other high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday (July 15).
The cryptocurrency scam targeted accounts including; Uber, Apple, Square’s Cash App, and billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk, Kanye West as well as numerous cryptocurrency exchanges and news sites.
The hackers posted messages urging followers to send $1,000 in Bitcoin to a specific address, and in return, they will receive double their contributions.
If you know anything about scamming, then you’d recognize this common tactic. Fleecing people out of money by falsely promising to send a bigger sum in return for a payment.
Several of the scam tweets were deleted shortly after they were posted, only to be reposted minutes later.
A Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider that the platform is “looking into” the apparent scam activity.