Elon Musk is talking about Ethereum for the first time ever, but it’s not quite what one would expect.
He posted on Twitter to discuss just how impressed he is by the Twitter’s notorious Ethereum scam bots.
Here’s what he said:
I want to know who is running the Etherium scambots! Mad skillz …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 8, 2018
Ethereum’s creator, Vitalik Buterin, answered immediately. We already know that he has long lamented scammers on Twitter. He invented the technique of adding “Not Giving Away ETH” to his Twitter name to counter the fraudsters who are trying to trick people into sending Ether to scam accounts.
“I do wish @elonmusk’s first tweet about ethereum was about the tech rather than the twitter scambots……[email protected] help us please? Or someone from the ETH community makes a layer 2 scam filtering solution, please?” is his exact tweet.
There are lots of Twitter scammers online
Twitter scam artists have been creating profiles that look almost identical to leading figures in the tech and crypto world.
The moment the legit and verified user sends out a tweet, the bots immediately comment on that particular tweet pretending to be the very same person who is giving away crypto.
I do wish @elonmusk's first tweet about ethereum was about the tech rather than the twitter scambots……..@jack help us please? Or someone from the ETH community make a layer 2 scam filtering solution, please? https://t.co/biVRshZmne
— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) July 9, 2018
These scam artists work by asking people to send a tiny amount of ETH to a crypto address and they promise to send a larger amount in return. It’s not too hard to guess that this last part never happens.
Elon Musk and his interest in cryptos
Elon Musk’s potential interest in cryptocurrency is a subject of intense interest in the crypto community.
Musk was spotted holding a book on crypto back in March.
Musk also reached out to the crypto community on Twitter to debunk various reports according to which he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, which has been the name used by the unknown Bitcoin creator.
If you’re wondering whether Musk has any crypto, well here’s his answer:
Not true. A friend sent me part of a BTC a few years, but I don’t know where it is.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2017