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Warren Buffett fake account blowing up on Twitter



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  • Someone with the Twitter handle @warrenbuffet99 has
    created an account claiming to be Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren
    Buffett, and is raking in followers.
  • The account was created in December 2016 and sent at
    least 11 tweets on Monday morning, adding thousands of
  • The real @WarrenBuffett account
    is verified and spells his last name correctly. 

An unverified Twitter account with the handle @warrenbuffet99 has
amassed a cult following on the social-media platform. 

The account, which was started in December 2016 but doesn’t
appear to have tweeted until Saturday, had over 41,000 followers
as of Monday morning. 

At least three things should have set off alarm bells for anyone
who stumbled upon this account:

  1. It’s unverified (the real @WarrenBuffett account
  2. The tweets hardly have anything to do with Berkshire
    Hathaway, the company Buffett runs, or financial markets or
    investing — things that most people look to Warren Buffett for
    advice on.
  3. The account spells Buffett with one ‘t’ instead of two. 

The tweets were all motivational and have been shared several
thousand times, like this one on how to be cool:

Screen Shot 2018 08 27 at 9.37.52 AMTwitter/@warrenbuffet99

How to be healthy: 

Screen Shot 2018 08 27 at 9.38.02 AM

And how to be smart: 

Screen Shot 2018 08 27 at 9.43.35 AMTwitter/@warrenbuffet99

It’s against Twitter’s terms of service to create an account
impersonating another person.

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