PwC Venezuela Twitter account hacked to promote scam XRP giveaway

Quick Take

  • PwC Venezuela’s Twitter account has been repeatedly posting a link to a scam XRP giveaway.
  • The tweets have remained online for seven hours so far.
 

The Twitter account of the Venezuelan branch of PwC has been hacked to promote a scam cryptocurrency giveaway. 

Starting at 2:13 AM UTC, the Twitter account began posting links to a website purporting to represent the company Ripple and claiming to give away a large amount of the cryptocurrency XRP — in an obvious scam. It has posted the same link 14 times so far.

Typically these scams ask victims to send an amount of cryptocurrency in the hope that they will receive more in return, only for nothing to be sent back.

So far, all the tweets remain live on the account, suggesting that the account owner is either unaware of the scam or has lost access to the account. The Block emailed the company for comment but had not heard back by time of publication.

The PwC Venezuela account has 37,100 followers, which is much smaller than the accounting firm’s main account with 189,200 followers.

 

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