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Someone Falls for BAYC Animation Phishing Website, Loses 3 BAYC NFTs Worth $900,000 in ETH

A pseudonymous non-fungible token (NFT) owner identified on Twitter as Black Apple has reportedly lost three of his Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFTs worth $900,000 in ETH to a wallet phishing website.

The attack was first reported in a tweet by a user known on Twitter as Zachxbt. According to the report, most of the stolen assets in ETH were sent into Tornado Cash Wallet.

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Zachxbt tweeted, “Seems someone fell for a new BAYC animation phishing site and lost 3 BAYC NFTs ($900k). Most of the ETH has been sent into Tornado.”

Details of the Unfortunate Incident

As related by Zachxbt, the scammer, Volt, who disguised as Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) co-founder, created a phishing website for animating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to mislead the BAYC owner.

The scammer instructed the victim to visit the phishing website he created and click “animate it”, followed by “refresh metadata” on OpenSea if he desires to get his assets animated on Twitter, OpenSea, and Rarible.

In the excitement to leverage animated NFT, the victim followed the instruction. He was able to also trust the scammer because the Twitter account was verified.

The instruction followed by Black Ape gave room to the scammer to gain access to three of the collector’s BAYC NFT collections worth relatively $900,000 in ETH.

Volt the scammer swiftly transferred the dubiously acquired assets into a Tornado Cash wallet address, a non-custodial privacy solution built on the Ethereum blockchain.

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Phishing Attack Becoming Rampant in NFT Sector

Phishing is now becoming a usual weapon for hackers and scammers against the fast-rising NFT sector and its users.

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A couple of weeks ago, OpenSea, one of the largest non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace, was reportedly attacked by a phisher. NFTs worth millions of dollars were stolen in the process.

According to the NFT marketplace, the exploit seems to be a phishing attack from outside its domain.


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Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba is a passionate writer with a vast interest in the stock market. She joined the crypto ecosystem about three years ago and has written lots of ebooks and articles in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. Tobi Loba earned her degree at the University of Ibadan.
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