The Elon Musk-themed Cryptocurrency Giveaway Scam Is Promoted Through Spam Email Campaigns.
Last updated on September 20, 2021
The new Elon Musk-themed cryptocurrency giveaway scam is called the “Elon Musk Mutual Aid Fund” or “Elon Musk Club”.
People might think that no one falls for these scams, but unfortunately, similar crypto scams have been extremely successful in making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past.
How Does the Scam Work?
It’s a well-known fact that most cryptocurrency scams usually work by targeting social media users so it is quite interesting to notice the fact that scammers are now using email spam in order to promote a new “Elon Musk Club” or “Elon Musk Mutual Aid Fund” giveaway.
It does not look like the attackers have put too much effort in designing the phishing emails, as these include strange non-descriptive subjects and messages.
This website pretends to be an “Elon Musk – Mutual aid fund” falsely promising to send 0.001 to 0.055 bitcoins to all users who participate.
If you click the ‘Accept an invitation” button, you will be sent to another site called “Bitcoin Donate,” located at https://bitcoindonateur.site/, where you’ll have to enter a bitcoin address in order to receive the free bitcoin, your name, and an optional picture at this site.
By continuing and pressing the ‘Accept donate’ button, you will be redirected through a series of pages pretending to be users donating .001 bitcoin to your account, and after your account accrued 0.055 of fake bitcoin donations, you will be sent to a final page stating that you must first donate 0.001 bitcoins to another user so you can receive the “financial assistance.”
These Bitcoin addresses are owned by the scammers, as they will take your “donation” but will not send anything in return.
Dora is a digital marketing specialist within Heimdal™ Security. She is a content creator at heart - always curious about technology and passionate about finding out everything there is to know about cybersecurity.