Seth Green is the latest Celebrity Victim of a Phishing Scam
Seth Green, an actor and comedian, is the most recent victim of such a fraud. NFTs are divisive: some believe they represent the future of digital ownership, while others believe the crypto bubble will burst, taking NFTs with it. What is undeniable is that there are scammers everywhere.
Seth Green revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that four of his prized NFTs had been taken from his wallet. A Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT (worth $200,000 at the time of writing), two Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFTs (worth $40,000 each), and a Doodles NFT (worth $28,000) are among them. Someone then paid $268,00 for Green’s stolen Bored Ape.
“It happened to me, frens. I was phished and had my 4NFT taken “Seth Green said. “Please do not purchase or exchange them while I strive to remedy the situation.”
Seth Green Narrates his Ordeal
Seth Green later tweeted that he was attempting to purchase an NFT (a Gutter Clone, a spinoff from the famed Gutter Cats collection) and had linked his wallet to the site, which turned out to be a hoax. “The phishing URL seemed to be clean,” he claimed.
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The NFTs were taken on May 8, according to Seth Green’s wallet history.
Because there is no centralized body that can reverse transactions in crypto and NFTs – which is by design, as the whole purpose of blockchain technology is decentralization – victims of fraud have no recourse in such instances. The stolen NFTs have been designated as “suspect” by OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace, and no one may make bids to acquire them. However, this occurred only after Seth Green’s stolen Bored Ape was sold to another customer.
Victims are asked to Report to The FBI
Yat Siu, the co-founder of Web3 game business Animoca Brands, said in a Twitter thread that scam victims should report their loss to the police or FBI since phishing is a kind of fraud, and broadcast the theft on a public forum. “If a consumer knowingly acquires a questionable #NFT containing stolen items, he becomes personally accountable,” Siu said on Twitter. “Marketplaces or organizations who do nothing now that the products have been stolen may possibly find themselves accountable as well.”
Green has invested in Web3 culture in more ways than one, with over $250,000 in NFTs still in his pocket following the heist. He produced his own NFT collection, PizzaBots, which was published last month to commemorate 4/20, and is now working on Dominion X, a TV program linked up with an NFT collection, with DJ Steve Aoki.
Earlier Reports: Recent Phishing Scam on Bored Ape Instagram
Investors were recently alerted by the BAYC team that their official Instagram accounts had been breached by hackers. BAYC’s official Instagram account was hacked, according to a report published by Cointelegraph on the night of April 25. Following that, the hackers contacted BAYC’s Instagram followers and shared links to bogus airdrops with them. After connecting their MetaMask accounts to the fake website, Ape NFTs were depleted. At least 100 NFTs were reportedly seized in the incident, according to unconfirmed media sources.
In the meanwhile, Noedel19 believes that other Coinzilla ad-integrated enterprises remain vulnerable to similar assaults where their customers get pop-ups requesting MetaMask integration. The compromised third-party integration on Etherscan’s website has been removed as a major method of damage management.
Coinzilla informed users within a few hours of the aforementioned occurrence that the problem had been detected and rectified, and that the services had not been compromised. The automatic security tests for a single ad containing malicious code were able to bypass it. After less than an hour, our staff shut down the account and deleted the data.”
Coinzilla, citing the fact that no advertising or publication was to blame, said that it will go on the offensive. An HTML5 banner was used to incorporate an ad code from an outside source.” We’ll be working closely with our publishers to provide assistance to the impacted users, track down the perpetrator, and take appropriate action.”