Business leaders’ accounts including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mike Bloomberg shared the tweets, which were later deleted. Accounts belonging to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama tweeted them too.
“I am giving back to the community,” some of the tweets stated. “All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for 30 minutes.” They are then followed by a code for a Bitcoin wallet.
Twitter accounts for companies like Apple and Uber also shared the tweets, as did reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, boxer Floyd Mayweather and rapper Wiz Khalifa.
A spokesperson for Bill Gates confirmed to FOX Business that he had not sent the tweet.
“We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates,” the spokesperson said. “This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.”