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James Barisic 🇪🇺 #FBPE @jamesmb
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This is THE most incredible #scam on @Twitter yet and it raises all sorts of questions for @twitter, @verified and @jack (there goes my chance of ever getting my blue tick!!)

It starts with a promoted tweet...
You’ll notice that, on the #promoted tweet, the account name is Elon Musk and it has a blue tick... so it’s got to be legit, right?
But, if we need proof that this is a genuine offer from Elon Musk, we just have to click on that account and see his other tweets to make sure it’s him...
Looks like his real account, right? But take a closer look. Why would he be retweeting all his own tweets?

Well, he wouldn’t be. The scam account has just retweeted all Elon Musk’s stuff to make it look like it is real and populated by his tweets.
But it can’t be a scam when you look at who has taken part and got a bitcoin payout. Here are @wsu_womensgolf, MEP for @lesRepublicains @geoffroydidier, the @RPSGMavericks & @CarteNoireUK - all @verified.

And, yes, these are all real tweets.
So, how did they pull it off and why?

Firstly, you hack or phish the login credentials for some credible accounts. You’ll need to hack one account to host the scam tweet (@MonsterJobs in this case) and some other good accounts to lend the scam credibility (see above).

Then you run the advert in the knowledge that it probably won’t get checked...
Then you reply from all the @verified accounts that you have under your control about how good the offer/scam is - immediately giving it credibility.
Of course, @twitter can’t be expected to check every advert by hand but the automated screening is awry if such blatant scams cannot be identified and either stopped or passed for human review.

#scam #onlinesafety
This is probably the worst scam I’ve seen on @twitter (I’ve seen much worse elsewhere) and I’m sure that they will put systems in place. But, in the meantime, people please take time to think about these ads and scams before losing money and bitcoins.

#security #onlinesecurity
Ps @verified please don’t place this on my file! 😘 Think of it, instead, as a very public spirited announcement to help protect the community from scammers!
PPS I also suspect that @monsterjobs has no idea that their account has been hacked.

This is, however, another example of why companies need proper 24 hour social media monitoring and disaster recovery training. The reputational damage can be immense.

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