Cryptocurrency promoters have taken over another star swimmer’s Twitter account.
A few weeks later by Ryan Lochte Twitter account began sharing crypto giveaways with its nearly 1 million fan followers, Caeleb DresselThe profile of has also fallen victim to this disturbing trend. The couple are former training partners at the University of Florida.
Over 90,000 Twitter users are following @caelebdressel, a “crypto investor and gem hunter,” according to the new bio. The profile picture features a crypto bro rocking jorts on a balcony instead of the seven-time Olympic gold medalist from Florida, although the handle hasn’t been changed.
Dressel’s agent confirmed to SwimSwam that it was hacked. The account started tweeting about crypto on Thursday.
Prior to the account switch, Dressel had remained silent on Twitter. He was once active on the platform, but at some point long before crypto activity, he deleted all of his Tweets. He has done the same in the past on other social media platforms, including his Instagram account in 2020.
Meanwhile, Lochte appears to have regained some access to his account. It appears his profile was hacked several months ago and then sold to a crypto promoter, who changed the handle to variations of @cryptokingsfirst last month before it was recently restored to @ryanlochte.
Although it appears that Lochte has his account recovered, the crypto tweets have still not been deleted. His representation has not yet responded stating whether the account was sold or hacked.
Dressel and Lochte are far from the only celebrities whose Twitter accounts have been targeted by crypto scammers. They join a long list that includes Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Youtuber Mr. Beast and Wiz Khalifa.