- Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary witnessed his Twitter account getting hacked and being used to promote crypto scams.
- The bad actors who got access to the entrepreneur’s account started promoting a giveaway of both Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).
- The TV personality recently revealed that he lost all the money he invested in the now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX.
The television program Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary is the latest victim of crypto scammers. Mr. Wonderful’s Twitter account was recently hacked by bad actors, who started promoting a giveaway of both Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).
On December 29, the account pinned a tweet about a fake giveaway, instructing TV personalities’ followers to “click on the picture to join the event.”
After observing the syntax and volume of subsequent tweets, O’Leary’s followers started getting suspicious. It started becoming evident that the posts were not tweeted by the original owner of the account:
“My accounts was not hacked! Last night I said on TV that I was going to do a giveaway. Enjoy.”
Another tweet from O’Leary stated:
“This giveaway is not FAKE and is not SCAM. My accounts was not hacked !!!”
Earlier in December, O’Leary grabbed headlines after revealing that his involvement with the once-leading FTX crypto exchange platform cost him millions of dollars.
Notably, O’Leary received $15 million from FTX to act as an advocate for the now-defunct crypto exchange, which some have accused of being fraudulent. He stated:
“I put about $9.7 million into crypto. I think that’s what I lost. It’s all at zero. I don’t know because my account got scrapped a couple of weeks ago. All the data, all the coins, everything. It was not a good investment. Then I lost the money I invested in the equity as well, those are zeros too.”
FTX investors have sued O’Leary and several other celebrities, arguing that they should have done more research and exercised greater caution before endorsing the crypto company.
O’Leary won’t have benefited from the recent event in the crypto world, where there is already mistrust of the Shark Tank star as a result of the FTX campaign.
As reported earlier by Bitnation, Kevin O’Leary testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the FTX collapse and stated that “the collapse of FTX is nothing new.” He added that “while this situation is painful for shareholders, employees, and account holders, in the long run, it does not change this industry’s promise.”
A crypto journalist with over 3 years of experience in DeFi, NFT, metaverse, etc. Parth has worked with major media outlets in the crypto and finance world and has gained experience and expertise in crypto culture after surviving bear and bull markets over the years.