TikTok-scammers used the image of Elon Musk to steal bitcoins

18.09.2023 18:30

Another wave of fraudulent distribution of cryptocurrencies on behalf of Elon Musk has begun in the TikTok social network. This is reported by Bleeping Computer.

According to the publication, videos are published hourly. On them, Musk allegedly gives interviews to major publications and offers to go to a certain site where the distribution is carried out.

Data: Bleeping Computer.

Attackers have created hundreds of such pages, in particular posing as crypto exchanges.

Most videos use very similar site domains: bitoxies.com , Moonexio.com , altgetxio.com , cratopex.com .

The journalists of the publication checked one of the giveaways: they created an account on the platform and entered the promo code specified in the TikTok video. After that, they were promised the crediting of bitcoins to the account.

The screenshot below shows that 0.34 BTC (~$9000) allegedly appeared on the wallet. However, when trying to withdraw them, the user was first required to activate the account by depositing 0.005 BTC (about $ 132). 

Data: Bleeping Computer.

Some sites additionally request KYC information, on the basis of which cybercriminals can hack other legitimate accounts.

Recall that on September 10, unknown persons gained control of Vitalik Buterin's X-account and posted a scam post with phishing. The estimated amount of damage exceeded $691,000. Buterin himself clarified that the attackers had replaced his SIM card.

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