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Watch for Fake Twitter Blue 'Verified' Scam Accounts

Happy Friday my friend, Well, since Elon Musk took over Twitter, there have been some changes - layoffs, a pause on feature updates and now a monthly $8 fee to subscribers who want to display the coveted Blue Badge for verified subscribers. In the past, The blue Verified badge on Twitter let people know that an account of public interest is authentic and not a scammer or impersonator. Only accounts of notable personalities and organizations earned them, but now it's open to anyone willing to pay the monthly fee. Well, with this most recent change - you guessed it, scammers are at it again. The Takeaway has published a number of these scams that have popped up over the last week since the change. So far scammers have been caught impersonating: ▪ Video game companies ▪ Prominent figures on Twitter ▪ Elon Musk Why impersonate? In one case a crypto scam was at play and other accounts could easily be used to disseminate false information, hoaxes and more sophisticated scams such as recruiting money mules, romance scams and impersonating government officials. In short, be wary of information originating from Twitter right now, a sentiment echoed in a Tweet by Elon Musk on Wednesday: "Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn't."

Stay safe out there -A



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