Bitcoin
Bitcoin (BTC)
$63,763.00 -0.44442
Bitcoin price
Ethereum
Ethereum (ETH)
$3,413.37 0.44317
Ethereum price
BNB
BNB (BNB)
$569.91 0.18029
BNB price
Solana
Solana (SOL)
$157.23 0.60442
Solana price
XRP
XRP (XRP)
$0.5702890 -6.55372
XRP price
Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu (SHIB)
$0.0000174 -6.59811
Shiba Inu price
Pepe
Pepe (PEPE)
$0.0000115 -2.02182
Pepe price
Bonk
Bonk (BONK)
$0.0000264 -2.60628
Bonk price
Bitcoin
Bitcoin (BTC)
$63,763.00 -0.44442
Bitcoin price
Ethereum
Ethereum (ETH)
$3,413.37 0.44317
Ethereum price
BNB
BNB (BNB)
$569.91 0.18029
BNB price
Solana
Solana (SOL)
$157.23 0.60442
Solana price
XRP
XRP (XRP)
$0.5702890 -6.55372
XRP price
Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu (SHIB)
$0.0000174 -6.59811
Shiba Inu price
Pepe
Pepe (PEPE)
$0.0000115 -2.02182
Pepe price
Bonk
Bonk (BONK)
$0.0000264 -2.60628
Bonk price
Bitcoin
Bitcoin (BTC)
$63,763.00 -0.44442
Bitcoin price
Ethereum
Ethereum (ETH)
$3,413.37 0.44317
Ethereum price
BNB
BNB (BNB)
$569.91 0.18029
BNB price
Solana
Solana (SOL)
$157.23 0.60442
Solana price
XRP
XRP (XRP)
$0.5702890 -6.55372
XRP price
Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu (SHIB)
$0.0000174 -6.59811
Shiba Inu price
Pepe
Pepe (PEPE)
$0.0000115 -2.02182
Pepe price
Bonk
Bonk (BONK)
$0.0000264 -2.60628
Bonk price
Bitcoin
Bitcoin (BTC)
$63,763.00 -0.44442
Bitcoin price
Ethereum
Ethereum (ETH)
$3,413.37 0.44317
Ethereum price
BNB
BNB (BNB)
$569.91 0.18029
BNB price
Solana
Solana (SOL)
$157.23 0.60442
Solana price
XRP
XRP (XRP)
$0.5702890 -6.55372
XRP price
Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu (SHIB)
$0.0000174 -6.59811
Shiba Inu price
Pepe
Pepe (PEPE)
$0.0000115 -2.02182
Pepe price
Bonk
Bonk (BONK)
$0.0000264 -2.60628
Bonk price

Fake Elon Musk YouTube streams lead to $165k crypto scam

fake-elon-musk-youtube-streams-lead-to-165k-crypto-scam
Edited by
News
Fake Elon Musk YouTube streams lead to $165k crypto scam

In a joint effort, SpaceX and BitOK have revealed a fraudulent crypto giveaway orchestrated by scammers impersonating Elon Musk, who managed to raise $165,000 in donations.

The scheme was said to involve a deepfake version of Elon Musk in live YouTube streams, which have since been removed.

The report that was shared with crypto.news claims that the users were offered to access a website via the QR code featured in the broadcast.

Fake Elon Musk YouTube streams lead to $165k crypto scam - 1
Fake website promoting ‘SpaceX’ giveaway | Source: BitOk

The page stated that individuals participating in the giveaway should transmit cryptocurrency to specified contribution addresses and await transaction processing. Afterward, they are assured a crypto reimbursement to their wallets and a 200% bonus.

This was followed by fake giveaway broadcasts from SpaceX on YouTube, a channel that garnered 180,000 subscribers.

The BTC address utilized by the individuals responsible for receiving donations was later found to be bc1qc4rwqqf0q75rn032knwkvxtrdm4vurkusr8s4k. Here, a total of 2.48 BTC, equivalent to approximately $91,566 at the current exchange rate, was collected. Subsequently, all funds were transferred to the address bc1q6yjkfe0edtyn4luwskx30gg35r7eclllfsp3jg.

From the address bc1q6…sp3jg, a segment of the funds, 1.25 BTC, was dispatched to the deposit address of the KuCoin exchange 3NcPowGtnnUxsgFSeCUoiaXW2MtcHUjXF4. Simultaneously, the remaining balance was sent to the change address bc1qwyrv7wkuqh79gk9uu9zjhc2sutyw80ksk4qjug, and subsequently rerouted to the deposit address of the KuCoin exchange 3NcPowGtnnUxsgFSeCUoiaXW2MtcHUjXF4.

Crypto scams in 2023

This exposed scam marks just one more in a chain of fraudulent activity. 

The blockchain analysis firm CertiK reported that over $32.2 million was lost to crypto scams and security incidents in October, with vulnerabilities, exit scams, and flash loan manipulations deemed leading causes.

In November, the total amount stolen during hacks mounted to $290 million.