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Bitcoin scammer impersonates Musk on Facebook but gets official certification

Posted by: Yoyokuo 2022-01-29 Comments Off on Bitcoin scammer impersonates Musk on Facebook but gets official certification

On the morning of November 2, Beijing time, it was reported that there was a Musk fan page on Facebook, and Facebook mistakenly believed that it was from Musk’s official account. In fact, the operator of this page is a Bitcoin scammer.

Bitcoin scammer impersonates Musk on Facebook but gets official certification

The page has 153,000 followers, and the page actually says that it was not opened by Musk, and it is written in the About column. “This is a fan page with tweets from Musk,” the page says. The page’s address ends with “Elon Musk offici,” which apparently pretends to be the official page. In the Page Transparency column, the information shows that the manager is from Egypt rather than the United States.

There are currently 11 posts on the page, most of which are indeed retweeted from Musk’s Twitter, but the latest one is clearly a bitcoin scam. The earliest post was published on October 21st, but the page was set up on July 28th, 2019, and belonged to “Kizito Gavin”, which has been renamed several times since then. Changed its name to Elon Musk on October 17.

According to Facebook’s verification process, account owners must submit identification information, such as a driver’s license, passport, but fraudsters always find a way to bypass the official verification process.

There are many suspicious accounts on Facebook, and Facebook is also trying to verify, but the verification method is not perfect.

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