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[Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

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In case you haven't seen it @TylerM published a blog post on crypto scam bots crawling all over Twitter as of late and casuing utter chaos, similar to the classic, 'Nigerian letter' scam. 

 

If you haven't seen it, be sure to give it a read here. It's an in-depth look at how these cyrpto scam bots are working and what can be done to combat them. 

 

Have you heard about this yet? Do you know someone who has fallen for this? Have a question for @TylerM

 

Let's get it kicked off below and get into it! 

 

 

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

I have indeed seen a lot of these, and I can't believe people fall for it.  But I guess when people are not paying attention, they get sucked in. Bottom line, if it is something that seems to good to be true (like free money) then it is.  There are still people trying to sell that bridge!  :-(

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

Any mass communication (1 to many) that costs nothing is open to easy abuse. Their ROI doesn’t have to be much for it to be profitable. If only 1 in 1 million people respond then it is profitable. 

If there was a way to charge a trivial amount per post, or per email sent, it would instantly kill off a lot of spam.

being charged 1/1000 of a dollar to send an email makes no difference to a normal person or business; but if you are a spammer sending a few million emails a day it would be a crippling cost.

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

When I go through tweets to keep up with news, sometimes I read the comments and most always look like they are scams with links or just unintelligible responses. I'll keep to just reading the main tweets and being selective of who I follow as well as links that I click on. This is why we can't have nice things. 

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

Thanks for sharing it. It explains clearly about the scam happening 

New Voice

Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

If we can't make scams stop looking like legitimate marketing efforts (giveaways, prizes, etc.) maybe we can stop our marketing efforts from looking like scams so people know that something for nothing = scam.  Maybe this is a place where "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" isn't so bad because the baby is like Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs.

 

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Wishful thinking anyway.

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

There is a very simple solution that I have implemented...don't use Twitter. It is that simple. Smiley Wink

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots

Oh man, I wish I could do that, but so much breaking crypto news starts on twitter, that you almost have to have a twitter feed if you want to be in the space. 

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Re: [Discussion] - Twitter is a hotbed for crypto scam bots


@TylerM wrote:

Oh man, I wish I could do that, but so much breaking crypto news starts on twitter, that you almost have to have a twitter feed if you want to be in the space. 


Not if all the sensible people decide to leave. Alternatively, just have a corporate account which is used for absolutely nothing else.

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