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Scammers took advantage of the recent Orlando, Fla. terrorist attack that took 49 peoples’ lives by tricking people into sending donations on behalf of the victims by setting up a fake Twitter account and urging people to donate bitcoin.
The scammers used the handle @PulseOrlandoUSA and attached the account to hashtags associated with the tragedy. They built the account’s profile by attaching thousands of phony followers to it in order to draw attention after the attack, according to ArsTechnica.
The account was closed after only raising $30 worth of bitcoin.
Users Recognize The Scam
The Twitter account directed people to a web address to make donations. However, savvy social-media users realized the web address linked to an unrelated, six-month-old domain,