Verified Twitter Accounts Hacked to Imitate SNL, Offer 'Free' Cryptocurrency

© DADO RUVICCryptocurrency representations are seen in front of the Dogecoin logo in this illustration picture taken April 20, 2021
Cryptocurrency representations are seen in front of the Dogecoin logo in this illustration picture taken April 20, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.05.2021
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Elon Musk, who will appear as a guest host of the Saturday Night Live show later in the day, is an enthusiastic supporter of cryptocurrency, particularly of the meme-based dogecoin.

Shortly after Elon Musk shared a "special link to watch SNL outside USA", his Twitter post became a haven for scammers urging his followers to participate in the "event" and promising a total of $5000 to be distributed among those who take part.

Fake Saturday Night Live accounts that appeared to be a handful of hacked verified accounts offered netizens the opportunity to go to a scam website, pay a certain amount in cryptocurrency, and receive more in return.

"We want to thank our supporters and also help crypto mass adoption. 5000 BTC will be distributed among everyone who takes part in this event 11:30 pm ET/8:30 pm PT", the accounts said.

At least three accounts were spotted offering "free" crypto, particularly pages said to belong to the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezão, as well as a NYC clothes brand and a Norwegian musical group.

Many other unverified accounts have also tried to lure Twitter users into the cryptocurrency scheme, using the same tactics. 

Users flocked to the comments to warn people not to participate.

The only account that does belong to SNL is "Saturday Night Live - SNL".

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