A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, is suspect of seizing the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and diverse alternative celebrities to scam individuals into sending the teenager bitcoin.
Warren’s office described the teen as the “mastermind” behind the attack.
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here,” Warren said in a statement. “This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”
Warren’s office has filed thirty law-breaking charges against the 17-year-old. the charges embody organized fraud, communications fraud, fallacious use of personal info, and access of pc or device without authority.
Two adults were also charged
Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the UK, was charged during a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer.
Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, Florida, was charged during a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.
The teen’s scam reaped over $100,000 worth of bitcoin on July fifteen, according to Warren’s office.