The accounts were seen tweeting a similar message with a slight variation.
A tweet from the account of Bill Gates read "Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time," the tweet said. "You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000."
Similar tweets appeared on the accounts of tech executive Elon Musk, rapper Kanye West and corporations including Apple, Uber and the money transfer app Cash.According to American reports the bitcoin address linked in the tweets was quickly inundated with more than 200 instances of people sending it money, totaling more than $100,000.
Hacked accounts include those of:
- Bill Gates Elon Musk
- Joe Biden
- Warren Buffett
- Kanye West
- Michael Bloomberg
- Jeff Bezos
Mufti Menk of Zimbabwe who has about 6 million Twitter followers posted an alert warning followers of the scam
"URGENT ALERT! Many Twitter accounts of popular people and companies have just been hacked. If anyone tweets from this account asking for any money, bitcoin etc please DO NOT give anything. Any unusual messages from the account should be ignored!"
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