Crypto currencies made it into the mainstream media some time ago. Spectacular rises and falls in the price of Bitcoin, hundreds of millions of hacks at Mt.Gox & Co. and scandalous cheating tricks à la Bitconnect. The reporting is predominantly negative and that is again the case this time. Elon Musk has spoken about crypto currencies for the first time.
The founder of Tesla wonders who is running the “Etherium” scambots. The spelling mistake with the name of the second largest crypto currency suggests that he didn’t deal too deeply with the topic. Incidentally, the tweet to which Musk responds didn’t refer to a scambot or ethereum, but to a young man who asked Musk to send him Bitcoin. It was only a matter of time before the topic would reach famous personalities outside the cryptospace sooner or later. Because the scam lives on the fame and range of well-known people.
How the Bitcoin evolution works
The scam creates a fake account. The Twitter Bitcoin evolution address is written so similarly that the difference is not noticeable in hasty moments. So @elonmusk would become e.g. @elonmusc. Such an account then announces an alleged giveaway in the answers to a real tweet of Elon Musk. In this case, for example, one to ten ETH should be sent to one ETH address. Participants are promised the return of the doubled amount. It sounds simple and transparent. But enough people actually fall for this trick. For the scammers, it’s very lucrative: little effort and income from Ethereum worth hundreds to thousands of euros.
ETH Scams cast a bad light – not only on Ethereum
Victims of these scams are mostly newcomers to cryptospace. If they look for help in the forums of the crypto community, they learn there unfortunately that not much can be done for them. In the forums they also make fun of the scammers and even the victims. It is their own naivety or greed that is responsible for these incidents. Of course this gives a very bad impression to people who are waiting for crypto currencies or are sceptical about them. Twitter, too, has to put up with negative publicity through this scam.
We must stop focusing on our various clones and why Twitter, apparently, does not give a flying fuck, and instead put our attention on the genetic flaw in our species that allows an individual to believe that anyone, at any time, throughout history, has ever given away money.
Is the criticism of Twitter justified?
It is not the case that Twitter does nothing about these scams. Messages are usually checked within 24 hours. They can be done both by the people you have stolen your identity from as well as by other users. The problem is that a tweet can find victims within the first hour of being sent. What critics like McAfee disregard is that Twitter alone is massively overtaxed by laws such as the Network Enforcement Act and the new EU-wide data protection regulation. The scam is new and answers have yet to be found.
How can the problem be solved?
Radical solutions such as the introduction of stopwords on Twitter are probably not the answer. The introduction of a stopword mechanism in which you are not allowed to call “Ethereum” and “Giveaway” would be of little use. Since these words can easily be paraphrased. Other possible combinations such as “ethereum” and “send” would amount to censorship and would be as negatively received in the crypto world as the ICO bans on Facebook and Twitter.
In fact, there is already a simple and quick solution to the problem. The block function can prevent certain accounts from responding to their own tweets. Past tweets will also be deleted from your own timeline. You can’t demand that a McAfee does this for every single scam account. However, you should also be a little reluctant to criticize.