Scammers, having seized the project page, published a tweet with information about the distribution of 10 BTC. To be able to participate in the action, users had to transfer 0.005 bitcoins to the purse specified in the post.
Hey, everyone! Vertcoin and staff are pleased to announce that we’re doing a 10 BTC giveaway to our followers to celebrate Vertcoin's success. Send 0.005 to 3HU5sj7kB6wT9zRwpbhCRrR28vKWjfkMKf enter! Winner will be announced 5/3/18 at 8pm EST.
— Vertcoin (@Vertcoin) May 1, 2018
Twitter-account Vertcoin was hacked today. Scammers, having seized the project page, published a tweet with information about the distribution of 10 BTC. To be able to participate in the action, users had to transfer 0.005 bitcoins to the purse specified in the post.
However, users immediately suspected something amiss, having seen in a tweet a message that is very similar to one of the many scams so common now in the social network.
James Lovejoy, the lead developer of the project, explained later:
“Vertcoin’s Twitter account has been compromised. Do not participate in any distribution, they are all fraudulent. “
Now, the project account is probably still in the hands of scammers, because pseudo-tweet is not deleted.
It is worth noting that users were not so naive. It became known that only 0.007 bitcoin was transferred to the fraudulent address. Scammers come up with more and more sophisticated ways of luring money from users. For example, on May 30, a twitter of Swedish musicians was hacked by intruders, after which the page of the rock band was redone to the account of Pavel Durov.
Then scammers offered users to participate in the drawing of 5000 ETH and 1000 BTC, but in the beginning, it was necessary to send small amounts to the indicated addresses. As a result of fraud, the attackers took a total of 1 BTC.