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Elon Musk looks on as US President Donald Trump attends SpaceX launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27, 2020.

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A tweet sent by Elon Musk’s account on Wednesday asked for Bitcoin and promised to “double all payments” sent to an address.

It’s likely a scam. It was deleted minutes after it was sent, before a second tweet asking for bitcoin was posted from the same account and deleted again.

Musk’s tweet was one of scores of unusual tweets on Wednesday asking for bitcoin or from a bitcoin-related account. In addition to Musk, Bill Gates’ account also tweeted a request for bitcoin to the same address. Smaller accounts tended to link to an apparent phishing site called CryptoForHealth.

Cameron Winklevoss, co-founder of cryptocurrency market Gemini, offered an explanation in a tweet: “ALL MAJOR CRYPTO TWITTER ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED.”

Tesla didn’t immediately reply to request for comment. Twitter said that it was looking into the issue.

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