Despite Facebook’s attempts to verify suspiciously popular accounts, it’s not perfect (to say the least). The edge has reported that the company has incorrectly verified a Facebook fan page for Elon Musk as Musk’s own official account. On top of that, it appears to be powered by a Bitcoin scammer.
The site, which has 153,000 followers as of this writing, actually acknowledges that it is not Musk … at least in the About section. It says, “This is a fan page, uploading tweets, etc. from him.” But then the URL ends up on “ElonMuskoffici”, indicating that they are definitely pretending to be official. The Page Transparency section states that the people who manage the site are “based in Egypt,” not in the United States, where Musk lives.
The account currently has 11 posts, and while most of them are just re-posts of Musk’s tweets, the latest is clearly a fake Bitcoin giveaway (the post has since been removed). The earliest is October 21, but which The edge pointed out that the site was actually created on July 28, 2019 under the name “Kizito Gavin” with several name changes since then. It changed its name to Elon Musk on October 17th.
Facebook verification requires account owners to submit proof of their identity, such as driver’s licenses or passports, but scammers have at times found ways around the official process.
We have contacted Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, to get a comment, but we have not yet received a response.
Update 19:16 ET: The page is currently “not available.” It is unclear if it has been deleted.
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