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Beware: YouTube inundated with fake SpaceX Starship livestreams by crypto scammers

False Elon Musk Scams Viewers During SpaceX Starship Launch Livestream

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Published Mar 14, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

Starship rocket launching during third test

The Starship Flight 3 Rocket, part of a crucial operation at the Starbase facility in Brownsville, Texas, marks SpaceX’s third attempt at launching this rocket into space. This mission propels the world’s largest rocket into space and plays a pivotal role in NASA’s lunar landing ambitions and Elon Musk’s vision of colonizing Mars. Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images

YouTube Flooded with Crypto Scams During Starship Launch

Scammers took advantage of the Starship launch to create fake livestream accounts featuring a looped video of someone impersonating Elon Musk promoting cryptocurrency schemes. Despite YouTube’s verification procedures, distinguishing genuine sources from fraudulent ones remains challenging, especially during today’s record-breaking Starship test launch, which unfortunately lost communication with ground control.

The top search results for queries like “Starship Launch Livestream” lead users to a video purporting to show Elon Musk speaking in front of the rocket in Boca Chica, Texas, where multiple similar videos can be found further down the search list.

Impersonating Musk’s voice, the scammers urge viewers not to miss the chance to transform their financial future, emphasizing the accessibility of space exploration and the potential of cryptocurrencies. The fake Musk encourages viewers to send cryptocurrency to a specified address, promising a double return on their investment within minutes. The message serves as a warning to only use verified sources to avoid scams.

The audio accompanying the video appears robotic or poorly imitated, with an included QR code directing viewers to a false promotion website claiming to be an official SpaceX event offering large amounts of cryptocurrency rewards.

Conclusion

These scams highlight the need for vigilance and caution when engaging with online content, especially during high-profile events like the SpaceX Starship launch. It is essential to verify sources and avoid falling victim to fraudulent schemes that exploit the excitement surrounding significant milestones in space exploration.

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