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The fake Warren Buffett Twitter account that's fooling your uncle. 

Update: Welp, right as I was posting this, the fake Warren Buffett Twitter account was suspended. It was a good run, fake Warren Buffett!

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Fake Warren Buffett fooled a lot of people on Twitter this week with his words of advice in life and business.

Before his account was suspended on Tuesday, fake Warren Buffett (@warrenbuffet99) had just a few days of tweeting life, but he made them count — racking up more than 257,000 followers and more than 2 million likes.

The bogus account, which went by "Warren Buffet," got a write-up by BBC America. Fake Warren Buffett even duped Kanye West. Either that or Kanye knew what he was doing (something he's never been accused of before). The rapper tweeted a photo of fake Buffett’s sound advice, shortly before tweeting that “the world is the new art school.”

Unlike an account like @FauxPelini, @warrenbuffet99 is (was?) not an explicit parody account. Nor did he announce himself as such. The tweets were sincere and generally reflected the kind of folksy, motivational speak you’d expect from a successful business titan.

Advice like this.

And this.

And this.

Warren Buffett, the real Warren Buffett, has a blue-checkmarked Twitter account (@WarrenBuffett). World-Herald business reporter Steve Jordon told me he checked with Buffett’s office Tuesday and confirmed that the real Mr. Buffett is in no way associated with the upstart Twitter account.

Real Buffett (who owns the company that owns The World-Herald, btw) tweets infrequently. His official account has tweeted just nine times since joining in April 2013 but has still amassed 1.43 million followers. His last tweet was in April 2016. (Steve wrote about Buffett’s twitter habits in a column earlier this year.)

Fake Warren, meanwhile, tweeted more than 80 times before he was suspended, each new tweet duping thousands of people, many of them your friends and family, into thinking they’re actually sharing wisdom from one of the world’s richest men.

This account poses an interesting question:

Here are a few more tweets from Fake Buffett. Most of it good advice, even if the account is bogus.

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