Beware of scams exploiting Ripple’s success, CTO David Schwartz warns

By CryptoSlate July 15, 2023 In Airdrop, Ripple

Ripple (XRP) Chief Technology Officer (CTO) David Schwartz has warned of fraudulent schemes seeking to exploit the recent success of the crypto payment company to spread phishing links of fake airdrops.

In a July 14 tweet, Schwartz revealed that scammers were attempting to deceive and steal from unsuspecting individuals, taking advantage of the positive news surrounding the crypto payment firm. According to Schwartz, Ripple is not giving any airdrops, giveaways, or special offers to celebrate its recent partial victory against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

He said:

“A lot of scammers are taking advantage of the recent good news to try to cheat and steal. There are no airdrops, giveaways, or special offers associated with this ruling.”


On June 13, Judge Analisa Torres ruled that XRP’s programmatic sales do not constitute an offer and sale of an investment contract or securities. Following the ruling, XRP’s value rose by more than 70% to as high as $0.82 before retracing to its current $0.78 at the time of writing.

The ruling also influenced several U.S.-based exchanges, including Coinbase, Kraken, Binance.US,, Gemini, and others, to immediately relist the XRP token.

Fake Ripple airdrop top Twitter searches

Several bad actors, posing as Ripple, are spreading phishing links, targeting the XRP community with promises of an airdrop.

The first response users searching for “Ripple XRP” get on Twitter is from a fake Ripple account tweeting a malicious link that has garnered significant attention, with over 14,000 retweets and around 100,000 views, primarily from bot accounts.

fake xrp airdropSource: Twitter

Meanwhile, it was unclear whether these fraudulent airdrop announcements had affected or misled any XRP user at the time of writing.

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