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March 07, 2018, 11:21:30 PM
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has promised that the social media giant will crack down on the increasing number of cryptocurrency scam accounts that have begun to proliferate in “Crypto Twitter.”

Over the past several months, an increasing number of industry figures with large Twitter followings have seen their profiles copied and used to scam naive followers into sending cryptocurrency to scammers’ wallets.

In the typical instance depicted below, a scammer creates an account that mimics the one belonging to Litecoin creator Charlie Lee. The fake account — whose Twitter handle is one character different from Lee’s actual one — replies to Lee’s post, claiming that he is holding a giveaway, but users must send him a small balance of LTC to contribute. Several other fake accounts then respond to this post, claiming that they received the free LTC, making it appear that the scheme is legitimate.



To make matters worse, a variety of Twitter users beset with these robotic doppelgangers have had difficulty getting their accounts verified, which would at least give their followers another way to distinguish between the real and fake accounts.

Twitter, though, says it is on the case.

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“We are on it,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote after Cornell professor Emin Gün Sirer tweeted that “[t]hese scams are getting out of hand.”

However, the company’s crusade against cryptocurrency scams has already inadvertently caught several legitimate accounts in its net. Kraken — the ninth-largest cryptocurrency exchange by daily trading volume — briefly saw its customer support account banned as a part of the anti-spam purge.

https://twitter.com/krakenfx/status/971068474796724224/photo/1

Others — including Coin Center communications director Neeraj Agrawal — reported that their accounts had been “shadow-banned” by the platform’s anti-spam algorithm, though it appears that such incidents have later been corrected.

Moreover, suspended accounts are quickly replaced with new ones, creating a cat-and-mouse game for Twitter’s moderators.

The scam artists have also begun adapting their methods to evade detection. As was the case with Charlie Lee’s impersonator above, many of the fake accounts have begun using shortened URLs to conceal the fact that they are linking to wallet addresses — indicating that Twitter is eyeing these types of posts with particular scrutiny.

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March 08, 2018, 02:21:55 AM
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There is just too much scam in cryptocurrency world so you should always be careful but because of greediness, some are just so easy to scam. Seeing someone already received does not prove the legitimacy of it especially if posted in social media platforms. Unfortunately, more often than not, the newbies are the victims of this scam because they are not that familiar yet with how things work in this world. This would be a lesson for them and for us who are familiar with this kind of scam should help each other in exposing this. If we all work together then the victims of this scam might be lessened.


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It is up to users to verify before engaging in anything suspicious. Twitter, Facebook or any other social media cannot delete all the scam nor even detect most of it.
The example cited by CNN is an obvious scam and everyone falling into it should pay a fine for being too stupid! Fake account, stupid pic, send me your coins so I can "double" it!!
Next time a fake account of Bill Gates will offer a bitcoin "generator" for 1 BTC?



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March 08, 2018, 06:21:09 AM
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It is a much needed move since entire internet is full of scammers and every other day multiple people end up getting scammed. The main reason for getting scammed is limited knowledge. The people should be made aware about the types of phishing attacks and they should refrain from installing any unauthorized software or clicking on suspicious links. Also, blindly trusting someone can also be dangerous and users should refrain themselves from doing so. A user must be proactive and cautious.

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I wouldn't be surprised at this moved by Twitter. Ever since Facebook has put its own clamp down on its advertisement about scam ICO, some scammers went to other social platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. And as Facebook has set precedence already, it will be just a matter of time before other social medias will follow suit as well. I think this will be good to the overall health of crypto in general. We can't really deny that there are a lot of crypto scams, (HYIP, Doubler, Ponzi's and even ICO's) so this move will somewhat weed out scammers and lessen the potential victims. I don't know if we have statistics to cover how much money has lost to scammers or how many people have been scammed, but I guess its a million dollar business today and we they needed to be stop at their tracks.

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Glad to see initiative that promotes safety amd security for their members from one of the platforms that has truly been an outlet for cryptocurrecy awareness. I believe that Twitter is not in anyway connected with these scammers which is why it is truly commendable that they would take a stand against the continual spreading of this circumstance and take action. As Twitter is doing their job in protecting their users, may more people be aware that they are the only ones who can protect themselves the best way possible. So, let's all be extra vigilant and be smart before taking an action. We should all be aware that scams are widespread. We should do our research to know who we should get involved with.
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Very would like to fraud in the world wide web with cryptocurrency was less.The crook is intelligently more prepared than the ordinary Internet layman.  while tweeter is a hotbed for scammers.We'll see.

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Global social media attack on scams and whatnot is nothing new, and it's something we could have seen coming a long time ago already. It has not only to do with the scam aspects, but also with their own advertisers.

On the other hand, it would be great if this forum would start enforcing a strict policy towards anything having to do with empty ICOs and whatnot. This forum has been way too mild in basically every aspect.

Theymos not allowing ICOs to buy ad slots is a great first step, but that's about it. I am of believe that further, more harsh measures need to be taken against ICOs and the other part of the scam fest circus.

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Very good, to long we witnessed crypto wild west of fake giveaways!
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No matter how many efforts are made towards stopping the spamming , it is not going to end to its root .
Let it be any social site facebook , twitter etc . every site is affected by enormous spammers and even bitcoin talk cannot get rid of the spam bounties . Stopping them is not easy .  The only way is if the user gets very careful himself and look out for verified and genuine accounts . One must do his homework before stepping into something that might turn into a web.

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March 08, 2018, 05:56:40 PM
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Well, they do have a control in terms of approving accounts being made on a daily basis. They have to man up their verification processes as regards email addresses alongside its activity prior to approving/enabling people to accessing Twitter accounts. But this is the only preventive measure I see that they can do for now. Other than that, they would have to unceasingly monitor spam accounts because its number has surely blossomed for years now. This curative mechanism would require people to work endlessly just so they could crack down these faulty accounts, resulting to high overhead costs in the long run. (But why not if it is for the better?) Hopefully, though, they get to address the situation because many people are being robbed of their money through utilizing Twitter or preying on the Twitter population at the expense of Twitter's brand.

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March 08, 2018, 08:43:15 PM
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I am of believe that further, more harsh measures need to be taken against ICOs and the other part of the scam fest circus.

I agree, but the problem is that we have an internet that has gotten so huge throughout the years, that with one or two parties cracking down on scams things aren't solved, and won't be solved, regardless of how harsh the measures are. The only thing that's happening right now, is that the problem just relocates itself, and that till it needs to relocate itself once again -- it will just keep repeating the same cycle endlessly. I honestly don't see any way to actually solve this problem with how greed filled and stupid the majority of the people are. How else do you think cloud mining has managed to survive? I seriously thought that back in 2015 we would see cloud mining dry out when we're a few years later, but no.... It's more thriving than it has ever been!

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