TRON Founder Justin Sun is Being Impersonated By Cryptocurrency Scammers

Omar Faridi
  • Crypto scammers have gained control of an official Twitter account belonging to FOX’s Almost Human show.
  • The scammers are using the account to offer fake crypto giveaways.

Cryptocurrency scammers seem to have gained control of an official Twitter account (@AlmostHumanFOX) belonging to FOX’s Almost Human show. The scammers are also reportedly using the account to lure unsuspecting users by offering fake “giveaways” or free cryptocurrency.

At present, the hacked Twitter handle is impersonating TRON founder and CEO Justin Sun and it’s not clear exactly how the account was compromised. The hacked account appears to be tweeting TRON related updates since the past three days.Tron twitter hack

Moreover, Twitter’s management, the FOX broadcasting company and people from the discontinued Almost Human TV series have not officially said anything regarding the hack. Reportedly, the Bitcoin and Ethereum addresses being used by the scammers have not yet received any digital currency from unsuspecting users, according to blockchain data.

Twitter, FOX Remain Silent Regarding Hacked Accounts

This may change because the scammers might eventually be able to trick some users, especially if Twitter and FOX do not come forward soon to address this issue. Notably, scammers on Twitter are now well-known for impersonating crypto and blockchain influencers while also fooling them into sending cryptocurrency to their accounts.

Recently, crypto analyst and Forbes contributor Joseph Young also reported a “fake crypto bot giveaway” through a scam account on Twitter. After Young informed Twitter about the incident, the company responded by saying they had found “no violation of the Twitter rules against abusive behavior.” The crypto investor further noted that this was not the first time that scammers had impersonated him on Twitter in order to “offer” fake giveaways.

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Questionable Twitter Verified Status Rules

There also appears to be some confusion right now regarding how Twitter assigns verified badges to accounts. The social media company’s terms and conditions state that users may lose their verified status if they change their username. However, Twitter accounts that change their display name are still able to retain their verified status.

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has stated that management at the micro-blogging service is looking into the abusive activity. However, it seems that the company is not doing much to prevent bad actors from using its service to scam people. This, despite a large number of influential crypto and blockchain personalities, such as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, requesting numerous times that Twitter should do something to stop this growing problem.

Opera Browser to Add Support for TRON, Multiple Other Blockchains Within a Year

The popular Opera browser, which reportedly has over 300 million users, is reportedly soon adding support for TRON’s TRX on its crypto wallet, as part of a plan to support ‘multiple blockchains’ in the next 12 months.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the integration is going to see Opera users be able to natively use TRON-powered decentralized applications (dApps) within the browser, and store TRX and TRC-standard tokens in the browser’s built-in cryptocurrency wallet.

Until now, Opera’s wallet only supported the Ethereum blockchain, meaning users could only store ether and ERC-20 tokens on it. It was introduced back in July of last year, and launched on Opera’s main Android browser in December. The wallet has also been added to Opera’s desktop browser.

Commenting on the addition, TRON Foundation CEO Justin Sun stated:

We are excited that Opera, a mainstream browser with hundreds of millions of users, will now seamlessly support TRX and other TRON tokens. Soon, Opera users will be able to use dApps on the TRON blockchain.

Contacted by The Next Web on whether there was demand to support the TRON blockchain, Opera revealed “TRON is one of the fastest developing blockchains with plenty of dApps so it’s a logical step” to add it, as it aims to grow the dApp ecosystem.

The decision is notable, as a researcher has earlier this month found a critical TRON bug that could’ve crashed the entire blockchain. The bug has since been fixed. Opera’s move is reportedly part of a wider rollout that’ll see it add “support for multiple blockchains within the next 12 months.”

Which cryptocurrencies the Norwegian browser developer will add or when TRON support will be rolled out is currently unclear. It’s worth noting that earlier Opera partnered with HTC to build a seamless wallet experience for the firm’s blockchain phone users.