Hackers hijacked the Twitter account of an obscure French politician earlier this week, using it to promote a Ripple (XRP) scam.
According to reports, the account, belonging to Municipal Councillor Quentin Feres was taken over on Tuesday.
While in control, the scammers tweeted, “XRP is ready to huge PUMP. To support our community, Brad Garlinghouse Ripple XRP CEO initiated XRP GIVEAWAY…Note: you can take a gift only once. Please hurry up!”
The offending tweets have since been deleted.
The ruse is just one of many to use the likeness of XRP and Ripple Labs CEO Brad Garlinghouse to snare victims. Scammers have previously hacked the Twitter accounts of the Indian Embassy of Oman, sports channel GOL TV, and Spanish singer Bertin Osborne.
Indeed, it appears as if Feres isn’t the only target of this particular XRP scam. The exact same message also appears repeatedly on the Twitter feed of Indonesian election organizer KPU Kudus.