Crypto Scammers Exploit: Elon Musk Speaks on Cryptocurrency


By Oliver Devane 

Replace: Prior to now 24 hours (from time of publication)  McAfee has recognized 15 extra rip-off websites bringing the overall to 26. The mixed worth of the wallets shared on these websites is over $1,300,000 which is a rise of roughly $1,000,000 since this weblog was final revealed. This highlights the size of this present rip-off marketing campaign. The desk inside this weblog has been up to date to incorporate the brand new websites and crypto-wallets.

McAfee has recognized a number of Youtube channels which had been live-streaming a modified model of a dwell stream known as ‘The B Phrase’ the place Elon Musk, Cathie Wooden, and Jack Dorsey focus on varied points of cryptocurrency.  

The modified dwell streams make the unique video smaller and put a body round it promoting malicious websites that it claims will double the quantity of cryptocurrency you ship them. As the subject of the video is on cryptocurrency it provides some legitimacy to the web sites being marketed.  

The unique video is proven under on the left and a modified one which features a reference to a rip-off web site is proven on the appropriate.  

We recognized a number of totally different streams occurring at an identical identical time. The pictures of some are proven under: 

The YouTube streams promoted several websites which shared an identical theme. They declare to ship cryptocurrency value double the worth which they’ve obtained. For instance, in case you ship 1BTC you’ll obtain 2BTC in return. One of many web sites frequently requested questions (FAQ) is proven under: 

Listed here are some extra examples of the rip-off websites we found: 

The websites try and trick the guests into pondering that others are sending cryptocurrency to it by displaying a desk with latest transactions. That is pretend and is generated by JavaScript which creates random crypto wallets and quantities after which provides these to the desk. 

The wallets related to the malicious websites have obtained a big quantity of transactions with a mixed worth of $280,000 as of 5 PM UTC on the 5th of Could 2022 

Rip-off Website Crypto Sort Pockets Worth as on 5PM UTC fifth Could 2022 
22ark-invest[.]org ETH 0x820a78D8e0518fcE090A9D16297924dB7941FD4f $25,726.46 
22ark-invest[.]org BTC 1Q3r1TzwCwQbd1dZzVM9mdFKPALFNmt2WE $29,863.78 
2xEther[.]com ETH 0x5081d1eC9a1624711061C75dB9438f207823E694 $2,748.50 
2x-musk[.]web ETH 0x18E860308309f2Ab23b5ab861087cBd0b65d250A $10,409.13 
2x-musk[.]web BTC 17XfgcHCfpyYMFdtAWYX2QcksA77GnbHN9 $4,779.47 
arkinvest22[.]web ETH 0x2605dF183743587594A3DBC5D99F12BB4F19ac74 $11,810.57 
arkinvest22[.]web BTC 1GLRZZHK2fRrywVUEF83UkqafNV3GnBLha $5,976.80 
doublecrypto22[.]com ETH 0x12357A8e2e6B36dd6D98A2aed874D39c960eC174 $0.00 
doublecrypto22[.]com BTC 1NKajgogVrRYQjJEQY2BcvZmGn4bXyEqdY $0.00 
elonnew[.]com ETH 0xAC9275b867DAb0650432429c73509A9d156922Dd $0.00 
elonnew[.]com BTC 1DU2H3dWXbUA9mKWuZjbqqHuGfed7JyqXu $0.00 
elontoday[.]org ETH 0xBD73d147970BcbccdDe3Dd9340827b679e70d9d4 $18,442.96 
elontoday[.]org BTC bc1qas66cgckep3lrkdrav7gy8xvn7cg4fh4d7gmw5 $0.00 
Teslabtc22[.]com ETH 0x9B857C44C500eAf7fAfE9ed1af31523d84CB5bB0 $27,386.69 
Teslabtc22[.]com BTC 18wJeJiu4MxDT2Ts8XJS665vsstiSv6CNK $17,609.62 
tesla-eth[.]org ETH 0x436F1f89c00f546bFEf42F8C8d964f1206140c64 $5,841.84 
tesla-eth[.]org BTC 1CHRtrHVB74y8Za39X16qxPGZQ12JHG6TW $132.22 
teslaswell[.]com ETH 0x7007Fa3e7dB99686D337C87982a07Baf165a3C1D $9.43 
teslaswell[.]com BTC bc1qdjma5kjqlf7l6fcug097s9mgukelmtdf6nm20v $0.00 
twittergive[.]web ETH 0xB8e257C18BbEC93A596438171e7E1E77d18671E5 $25,918.90 
twittergive[.]web BTC 1EX3dG9GUNVxoz6yiPqqoYMQw6SwQUpa4T $99,123.42 

Scammers have been utilizing social media websites akin to Twitter and Youtube to aim to trick customers into parting methods with their cryptocurrency for the previous few years. McAfee urges its prospects to be vigilant and if one thing sounds too good to be true then it’s most certainly not reputable.  

Our prospects are protected in opposition to the malicious websites detailed on this weblog as they’re blocked with McAfee Net Advisor  

Sort Worth Product Blocked 
URL – Crypto Rip-off twittergive[.]web McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off tesla-eth[.]org McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off 22ark-invest[.]org McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off 2xEther[.]com McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off Teslabtc22[.]com McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off elontoday[.]org McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off elonnew[.]com McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off teslaswell[.]com McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off 2x-musk[.]web McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off doublecrypto22[.]com McAfee WebAdvisor YES 
URL – Crypto Rip-off arkinvest22[.]web McAfee WebAdvisor YES