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Vitalik Buterin Impersonators Ramp Up ETH Phishing Ahead Of The Merge
The hype around The Merge has attracted a swarm of scammers that are actively using verified Twitter accounts to impersonate Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and dupe investors.
Harshvardhan
10:23 13th Sep, 2022
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Prominent entrepreneurs, including the world’s richest man Elon Musk, pointed out numerous times the biggest problem of Twitter — bots. However, scammers have evidently amped up efforts to go unnoticed of their ill intentions by using verified profiles.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

It has identified over six verified Twitter accounts that currently replicate Buterin’s profile picture, name and profile description. The accounts have been actively promoting fake Ether (ETH) giveaways and misleading investors into getting access to their crypto wallets.

The easiest way to identify the fakes is by paying attention to the Twitter handle, also known as the username of the profiles. Recently, fake Twitter profiles impersonating Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao have increased, forcing Musk to publicly call out the problem, as shown below.

Occasionally, scammers have also been found to impersonate Ethereum Foundation — trying to gain credibility among the masses. Especially during bull runs and significant events like network upgrades, bad actors find it easy to dupe investors that are typically unaware of scams amid hypes.

This article comes as a warning to crypto investors to help them avoid falling for targetted scams and attacks that threaten to drain funds.

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