Charlie Lee, founder of a cryptocurrency called Litecoin, reported on the large number of fake Twitter accounts that use his name and distribute scam to provide users with fake LTC.
I am donating 180 Litecoin to the LTC community. First 60 transactions with 0.3 LTC sent to the address below will each receive 3 LTC to the address the 0.3 LTC came from
Don't miss out. Claim your LTC now!
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLitez) January 29, 2018
Most of the scammers write from accounts that look similar to Charlie Lee`s original profile – @SatoshiLite. These are, for instance, @SatoshiLitez and @SatoshiLitee. These fake profiles copy the original one completely. Fraudsters, however, offer different number of Litecoins to be destributed – from 50 to 500 LTC.
PSA: Please be wary of this Twitter scam going on right now. After every of my post, there will an immediate reply by a scammer promising to give away coins if you send him some. The post looks like it's from me. Blocking them doesn't help, b/c they just create another account. pic.twitter.com/qPHxKntPHD
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) January 30, 2018
Fraudsters probably expected their scum to look trustworthy enough as Lee announced that he had sold and donated all his Litecoins in December, 2017.
The founder of the Ethereum Vitalik Buterin joked in his Twitter:
If you send me 0.1 ETH, I will send you nothing, because I am too lazy.
— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) February 1, 2018
Currently all fake Twitter-profiles mentioned in the article are still active. Beware and do not let fraudsters get you!
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