Verified Twitter Account Seeks to Scam Verge and Bitfinnex Users

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:36
Darryn Pollock
A verified Twitter account has sought to scam Verge and Bitfinex users with its blue badge as Twitter comes under fire
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Twitter has come under fire again in the cryptocurrency community as this time the power of its verified blue badges has been used in an attempt to scam users of Bitfinex and Verge.

The fraudulent verified account has been making the rounds as it first started as an account for Verge, the anonymous cryptocurrency, before shifting to become a Bitfinex account.

By keeping its handle, @seifsbei, it is able to keep the blue badge and maintain an air of verification regarding its chosen Twitter name.

Scams left unchecked

It seems somewhat Ironic that Twitter, which has recently cracked down on the advertising of cryptocurrencies because of their alleged scamming nature, yet has allowed many other faux pas and scams to run rampant, this just the latest.

There was an incident where the handle @Bitcoin, was mistakenly suspended, leading to others taking it over. This caused Ire with Roger Ver, who owns the handle, and opened up a big can of worms on Twitter’s position when it comes to issues relating to the cryptocurrency community.

Verifying the authenticity of the wrong account with the coveted blue badge only creates confusion for followers, especially in a world riddled with fake cryptocurrency giveaways and phishing scams.

Moving along

Verge’s official account posted a warning to its followers, urging Twitter to start doing human verification.

They went on to note that it is happening to “every top coin’s Twitter account.”

Indeed, there was a time where the account moved on to imitate Bitfinex, one of the globe’s top cryptocurrency exchanges, to continue the scam.

Back to normal

As it stands, the handle has gone back to its original position, but quite brazenly, has retweeted some of the warnings out by the likes of Verge.  

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About the author

Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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