The 1,000 Chinese SpaceX Engineers That Only Existed on Linkedin

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In July 2022, 1,000 fake Chinese SpaceX engineer profiles were discovered on LinkedIn. Their purpose: scamming. The fake profiles were all graduates of Tsinghua—China’s top university, which is notoriously difficult to get into—and were senior employees of SpaceX. These details were tailored specifically to gain the trust of people outside of China who were of Chinese descent or spoke Mandarin. Mentioning Tsinghua in their profiles would instantly garner their respect. After cultivating a friendship, the scammers would persuade their victims to invest in all sorts of things, like cryptocurrency. Read full article here

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