Scammers hack a Belgian non-profit organisation, turns it into “Coinbase Promotion Account”
It was noted that the Twitter account of a Belgian non-profit organisation was hacked and made into a fake account of the popular crypto exchange Coinbase.
The account targeted was of Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB), a non-profit organization known for promoting the interests of Belgian businesses. The fake account impersonating the San Francisco based exchange was promoting scam giveaway, in a tweet, posted on Jan 9 that has now been deleted.
According to CoinTelegraph report, the scam giveaways was allegedly to celebrate the user base growth of the exchange “over 30,000.000 [sic] users.” After hacking it, the scammers made the account look like it’s affiliated with Coinbase, in fact, the description of the account read as “Official Coinbase Promotion Account”. The profile and cover pictures featured the Coinbase branding image and was linked to Coinbase’s official site.
However, the twitter handle remained @VBOFEB. At the time of writing, the images of Coinbase branding is seen to be removed from the targeted account but retweets from the official account of Coinbase is still in the account’s feed.
Crypto scammers is nothing new and has been a common problem for the community. Reportedly, the scam giveaway tweet that was posted on the FEB account urged followers to send an amount of crypto to receive a larger amount
The crypto giveaway scams on Twitter have earlier involved scammers impersonating big names of the industry or other famous personalities which include Elon Musk, Charlie Lee and others.
Few months back, the official Twitter account of Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX and Tesla, was hacked by scammers announcing free cryptocurrencies to its 22 million twitter followers. Earlier in February 2018, a fake account by the name of SpaceX CEO offered 400 ETH token to its followers.
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