User lost $570,000 worth of Bored & Mutant Ape NFTs in a fake verification scam
A crypto enthusiast wanted to swap his Bored and Mutant Apes for other NFTs of equal value
Pseudonymous users known as "s27" lost approx $570,000 worth of non-fungible tokens(NFTs) after exchanging his Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) #1584 and two Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) tokens for fraudulent NFTs deceptively disguised as genuine.
The exchange was first spotted by crypto enthusiast Quit thanks to his Discord server configured to track ape listings that are at least 5% below their floor price in Ethereum (ETH).
“The pings are rare, but when they happen it generally means one of two things: somebody is panic selling, or somebody is compromised. When I saw the notification for #1584, I instantly knew it was the latter.”
According to NFT marketplace OpenSea records, BAYC #1584 as well MAYC #13168, and MAYC #13169 were transferred from s27 to another address
Discovered that not only did s27 use Swap Kiwi, a blockchain service that allows collectors to swap certain NFTs for others, preferably of equal or greater value just like trading cards.
Investing further, Quite has tracked down the scammer's NFTs that s27 received after the swap was made. all of them appeared as genuine BAYC tokens.
6/ Well, the hacker used that to his advantage. Here are the apes that s27 received in return: https://t.co/08bubCsCpLhttps://t.co/pIgu3mRGVYhttps://t.co/r3svn1PAqo— quit (@0xQuit) April 5, 2022
You'll see that each has the green check added directly to the image. pic.twitter.com/qc6E3bGibg
The "green checkmark" Swap KiWi uses to verify that tokens are really authentic can be easily counterfeited via a simple image editor and that's exactly what the scammer did, he downloaded some "jpegs" depicting a few expensive BAYC apes and added a fake watermark so that they would appear like the real deal when displayed on SwapKiwi.
After receiving the BAYC and two MAYC NFTs, the scammer sold them for 98.85 ETH and 25.25 ETH worth a total of $521,000 at that time. However, these listings were lower than their corresponding floor price, placing s37's potential loss in the ballpark of $570,000, according to Quit.
9/ So what can you, the tradoooor, do to protect yourself? Well, there are a few things.— quit (@0xQuit) April 5, 2022
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Close your DMs. Negotiate in public.
- Always assume everybody is out to get you. They probably are.
- Independently verify EVERYTHING
NFT holders are seemingly becoming the prime target for scammers of all sorts who, in their turn, keep coming up with increasingly inventive schemes for their endeavors. crypto users discovered a new wave of Discord NFT scams, on April 4 and it is very unlikely that bad actors are planning to dial down their activity any time soon.