Legendary actor William Shatner has become the latest celeb to be impersonated on Twitter with a view of scamming gullible cryptocurrency investors. Shatner most famous for his Star Trek role as Captain Kirk has consequently sent out an alert warning of the Ethereum giveaway scam.
Stop sending ‘William Shatner’ your Ether. It’s a scam
In this case, imposters had used his name as well as his Twitter profile picture with just an S added to the end. From swindler tweeting history, the impersonator started tweeting on June 20 with a fake tweet promoting “etherpromotion.org.” The tweet and the website claimed to give away 10,000 ETH. Crooks deceived tweeter users and website visitors into sending between 0.5 and 20 ETH purportedly to verify their addresses, promising they would receive the sum ten times over as part of the giveaway.
Notably, the “Star Trek” actor was appointed to be the spokesman for Solar Alliance Energy, a Vancouver based firm that is about to launch the world’s first solar-powered Bitcoin mining operation. The solar-powered bitcoin mining facility will be situated in Murphysboro, Illinois, where the company has purchased a warehouse facility measuring 165,000 square feet.
Accounts mimicked Well-known Public figures
In recent months, scam artist creates Twitter accounts that closely impersonate the verified handles of well-known public figures and celebrities like Elon Musk, Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin and John McAfee. Then they respond to one of those genuine tweets, giving the appearance of having started a thread, in which they deceive users into sending a small amount of Ethereum or bitcoins, promising they would receive the sum ten times over as part of the giveaway
As consumer interest in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue to grow, scam artists have reportedly become more active in Crypto space. Last month, The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop titled “Decrypting Cryptocurrency Scams” to examine the latest wave of crypto-related scams. The Federal Agency Revealed that Consumers lost $532 million to cryptocurrency-related scams in the first two months of 2018 and the figure could swell into the billions by the end 2018.