A Notorious Scammer Tricked Twitter Into Thinking He was in Syria [Updated]

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During the coordinated airstrikes in Syria launched by the United States, France, and Britain in response to a chemical attack on civilians believed to be carried out by the Assad regime, Twitter users rushed to find reliable sources of information about the attack. Unfortunately, many of them were tricked by Arturas Kerelis, a scammer pretending to be an authority on the situation.

Tweeting from his verified account, Kerelis fired off more than 50 tweets with the hashtag #Syria over the course of the evening. While he never explicitly claimed to be located in the country, many users appeared to believe Kerelis was on the ground in the war-torn country, capturing footage and passing on information as he was gathering it.