Apparent con artists on Wednesday hacked into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians and major companies in a bitcoin scam that has triggered an unprecedented and ongoing site-wide shutdown.

The ruse included bogus tweets from Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg, Kanye West and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The fake tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address.

Publicly available bitcoin records show that the scammer account has already received hundreds of transfers totaling more than $100,000 as of 6:30 p.m. ET. The account has transferred out approximately half that amount, but experts cautioned that scammers sometimes appear to distribute money so that their accounts appear legitimate.

Trump campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh quickly mocked the apparent scam, calling it a "perfect metaphor for Biden's pitch to taxpayers." No accounts affiliated with President Trump appeared to have been hacked as of late Wednesday. Read more at FOX News