FRAUDSTERS have hijacked Elon Musk's Twitter replies to circulate scams in the wake of his apology to the Thai cave rescuer he called "paedo guy".
The swindlers are posing as Musk on the platform using fake profiles and tweeting links to shady web pages designed to trick victims into forking out virtual cash like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
"I know that sometimes people can get angry and voice an opinion that looks aggressive. Reacting in the way I did was not a good thing," reads the scam web page set up by the con-artists.
It continues: "As such I thought of a cool way to make amends with anyone who feels offended. A way to get yourself free crypto. How does it sound?"
The scammers add that sending in three Bitcoin or 30 Ethereum will net you the grand prize of a Tesla 3 electric car. There also links on the page that direct users to sites asking them to make transactions using the Bitcoin wallet Electrum.
Needless to say, this has all the warning signs of an online scam.
Both Musk and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin have called out these cons in the past.
Earlier this month, the SpaceX and Tesla boss tweeted to his 22.2million followers: "I want to know who is running the Etherium scambots! Mad skillz."
Meanwhile, Buterin even mentioned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in his follow-up, urging him to "help us, please".
The Etherum chief has frequently been targeted by scam accounts masquerading as him and has even added "Not giving away ETH" to his user name.
We've reached out to Twitter to ask why the tweets are still up and how it intends to tackle the wider problem of scammers on its site – we'll update this article with its response.
Last night, Musk apologised for calling the hero Brit who spearheaded the Thai cave rescue a "paedo" in a Twitter rant.
He said sorry 24 hours after shares in his company dived by around £2billion following his outrageous remarks, which he now admits were made "in anger".
He tweeted: “My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader.
“Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone."
Vern Unsworth is a British expat and caver who lives near the Tham Luang tunnel network where the 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks.
He was scathing of Musk's offer to send a mini-submarine to help in the rescue efforts, which he dismissed as "just a PR stunt" and said the billionaire could "stick the submarine where it hurts."
Musk- worth a reported $20bn- then hit back in a bizarre series of tweets, some of which he later deleted, suggesting the expert had exaggerated his role in the rescue.
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He also claimed it was suspicious the 63-year-old lived in Thailand before explicitly branding him a "paedo" in one post.
Unsworth has said is now considering taking legal action against Musk for his astonishing remarks.