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Scammers Use Name of Elon Musk to Fleece Twitter Users

A Twitter spokesperson told the BBC it "doesn't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons"

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Musk may buy GM plant to boost Tesla production. (VOA)

Scammers have again abused Tesla CEO Elon Musk popularity to fleece Twitter users after hacking several popular accounts.

British fashion retailer Matalan, film distributor Pathe UK and US publisher Pantheon Books were among those whose accounts were taken over by scam artists, the BBC reported on Monday.

The hackers used Elon Musk name and likeness to ask for Bitcoin – a cryptocurrency – by promoting an ad on Twitter.

The tweet asked users to give away a small amount of Bitcoin to supposedly receive more.

Several other verified accounts (the ones with the blue tick), which were also hacked, appear in the tweet’s comments to claim that they have received Bitcoin from Elon Musk.

To make the accounts appear legitimate, the scammers used accounts with Twitter’s own verification mark.

Clicking on any of the links in the scam guides users to a page where they are urged to send anywhere from 0.1-one Bitcoin to the scammers — with the promise that they would receive one-10 Bitcoin as a reward, the report said.

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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

But the victims do not receive any Bitcoin after sending money to the scammers.

The scam is made to seem more trustworthy as various other compromised accounts reply to the tweet claiming that it works.

The tweets have since been deleted with many accounts recovered, though some were left blank while waiting for their owners to re-enter their name and profile picture, the report said.

A Twitter spokesperson told the BBC it “doesn’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons”.

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An early form of the scam appeared in March. Again, in August, one impersonator broke into Musk’s official account with a fake lookalike verified account, promising his followers free Bitcoin and ethereum cryptocurrencies.

In fact, the scam became so frequent on the social network that the Tesla chief was briefly blocked from his own Twitter account after he parodied the scam by sending last month a tweet asking: “Wanna buy some Bitcoin?”, the BBC report said. (IANS)

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Would Elon Musk Be Able to Drive Tesla Cars in India?

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company's electric car plant

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again vouched to make India his next big market but the question lingers: Will the electric car ever run on desi roads?

Breaking his silence over India after 10 months, Musk tweeted late Friday that he would love to be in India in 2019 or next year.

“Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next! India,” Musk tweeted to a user.

His tweet came after Musk earlier blamed the Indian government’s restrictive policies for giving up on his India dreams.

Musk also blamed the FDI norms for the delay in the electric car maker’s entry into the Indian market.

Earlier this year, Tesla’s Indian-origin Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, thus bringing Musk’s India dream to a halt again.

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Jeff Solie plugs in his electric car Tesla sedan at his home, in New Berlin, Wis., July 13, 2017. Electric cars are seeing growing support around the world. But there’s a problem: There aren’t enough places to plug those cars in. VOA

Musk wanted to drive Tesla in India in 2017 and Ahuja, who worked out of Tesla’s San Carlos headquarters, quit the company in 2015 only to rejoin in 2017.

In May last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would still love to roll out Tesla electric cars in India but the tough government regulations have forced him to apply the brakes on his plans.

“Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately,” Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user who wrote “No Tesla in India” on his Twitter handle.

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“Deepak Ahuja, our CFO, is from India.Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should,” added Musk, also the SpaceX founder.

Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000.

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company’s electric car plant. (IANS)