V2G UK Fall Victim to Open Source Cryptocurrency Scam

Long time followers of the V2G UK blog may recall that many moons ago we took Elon Musk to task for over hyping Tesla’s open source credentials?

Yesterday evening (British Summer Time) we spotted Elon “tweeting” about Tesla’s open source credentials once again!

Whilst we all wait to see exactly how Elon’s offer of “Tesla vehicle security software for free” pans out, I really must mention that something else flashed before my eyes on Twitter last night. Apparently one or more of the mavens in Tesla’s marketing department had dreamt up a scheme to create some much needed publicity by “giving away” two cryptocurrencies, namely bitcoin and ethereum!

By this morning (BST) it seemed that Elon’s reserves of virtual riches had almost run out:

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Unable to resist the temptation I hastily sent half a hard earned ethereum in Elon’s direction:

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The strange thing was, half an hour later I still hadn’t received my minimum 0.5 ETH back, let alone the promised 5.0 ETH. It was at that point that things started smelling somewhat fishy. I belatedly put my almost atrophied command line skills to work, only to discover:

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At first it looked as though my virtual currency must have been sent to one of Tesla’s showrooms in Russia. Belatedly doing my due diligence I discovered that whilst apparently there is a single Supercharger in Moscow, the showroom count is zero:

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I know that Superchargers are amazing machines, but can they run HTTP daemons? I fear not, and thus I’ve finally been forced to face the bitter truth. I’ve been conned. Now I cannot help but wonder whose desk the buck for the apparently total loss of my fractonal ethereum stops on? Perhaps someone at Twitter will carry the can?

Or perhaps not? Meanwhile, according to the Great God Google:

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4 thoughts on “V2G UK Fall Victim to Open Source Cryptocurrency Scam

  1. The Elon Musk impersonating botmasters with an apparently Russian IP address are still in business this morning (BST). Here’s the view of their handiwork via Microsoft Edge:

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    Google seem to have some appreciation of the problem now though. Here’s what Chrome has to say about the scam. Firefox shows something similar:

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    Meanwhile “No answer!” has been the stern reply from Jack and the Twitter team.

  2. I expect Jack Dorsey is still asleep, but when he wakes up:

    Intriguingly the real Donald Trump and Bill Gates don’t seem to be interested in receiving that message, but Satya Nadella is. Meanwhile back on the open source automotive cyber-security front, according to Google:

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  3. The working day has ended over here in Blighty.

    The imitation Elon is still visible on Edge.

    @Jack still hasn’t replied.

    According to Google:

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  4. Having still not heard back from @Jack et al. I sent a missive to BitPanda support as follows:

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    I’ll let you know what they have to say for themselves in due course.

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