Crypto scammers are evidently back in the game, this time hacking into the Twitter account of star footballer Kylian Mbappe to ask followers to send in Bitcoins in exchange for a shoutout. This international footballer from France, known for his continuing stint with the Paris Saint Germain Club, quickly managed to recover his account and take the post down.
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Suddenly, a section of this star footballer and influencer’s 2.6 million plus followers happened to read a Tweet from his account, asking followers to send in 200 pounds in the form of Bitcoins (the hackers seemed quite determined to accept “BTC only”. Seeing the post, most users seemed to understand that the footballer’s Twitter account had effectively been compromised.
While most of Mbappe’s countless followers who saw the post seemed to understand that hackers had taken over the star’s account, it is still unknown whether anyone actually fell prey to the scam post and sent over Bitcoins to the hackers, hoping for a shoutout from this major sporting celebrity.
This is hardly the first time that hackers have targeted the account of a celebrated and highly followed person. Even though most people now know that these tweets and posts are nothing but scams, there still maybe a few gullible people who may become a victim of such a swindle.
The tweet itself, in fact, managed to attract a great deal of attention, having gotten 800 retweets and nearly 2000 likes during the brief duration it was on the internet.
Earlier also, we have seen such scams affecting accounts of celebrities. Last year itself, the account of Elon Musk was hacked, offering free Ethereum to people who sent in their crypto holdings’ private keys. Similarly Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has also seen attempts to capitalize on his name via fake accounts to scam people, leading him to finally change his Twitter name to “Vitalik Non-giver of Ether”.
With such scams still rampant, it essential to make users and common crypto enthusiasts aware of the risks, so that they can effectively avoid such scamming attempts.