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Cryptocurrency

Facebook Verifies Bitcoin Scammer Pretending to be Elon Musk

Facebook Verifies Bitcoin Scammer Pretending to be Elon Musk

  • A fan page for billionaire Elon Musk with 153,000 followers was accidentally verified by Facebook
  • Engadget has reported that the page may be run by a Bitcoin scammer as it recently made a post about a phony Bitcoin giveaway
  • Musk is anti-Facebook and was even reported to delete Tesla and SpaceX Facebook accounts in 2018

Even though Facebook does its best to curb fake profiles of celebrities, the company has failed in this regard a couple of times.

Facebook

More recently, this happened with a fake profile of billionaire Elon Musk.

According to The verge, the company accidentally verified a fan page of the Tesla CEO as the world’s richest man official account.

The page which has 153,000 followers appears to be run by a Bitcoin scammer. The account made a post about a phony Bitcoin giveaway but deleted it later.

Bitcoin scammer

The page however acknowledges that it is only an Elon Musk fan page so it is not clear how Facebook made the error.

In the about section, it says:

“This is a fan page, uploading tweets, etc from him.”

However, the URL for the Bitcoin scammer page ends in “ElonMuskoffici”, which indicates that attempts were made to fool people into believing that it belongs to Elon Musk.

In the page transparency section, it also shows that the people who manage the page are in Egypt while Elon Musk resides in Texas.

Facebook’s verification requires that people submit proof of identity but scammers have managed to bypass this process.

Read also: Facebook to Shutdown Facial Recognition Software

Meanwhile, the subject of the matter Elon Musk is not on Facebook as the billionaire has confirmed severally.

In 2018, he even demonstrated his dislike of the platform by deleting Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages.

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