In the most recent NFT scam, a collector loses 29 moonbirds
A hacker who has been using a phishing website to trick people into making them wallet operators has gotten 29 Moonbird NFTs from a single wallet. Keith “Digital Ornithologist,” the person who was robbed, is a husband and father of three children. He said that the theft of his “hard-earned money from the last 38 years” changed his life.
In total, the 29 blue-chip Moonbirds are worth about 750 ETH, which is about $1.5 million. If this amount was stolen in any other situation, it would be seen as a very big deal. But as we all know, the NFT space is still unclear and unregulated, even though a UK court recently ruled that the digital asset is “legal property.” That’s why Keith used an NFT to send a message to the hacker.
In the message, he asks for the 28 Moonbirds to be returned by the end of the day, which is May 25. If they are not returned by then, the police and FBI will be notified (with aid from the Proof Collective, an exclusive NFT collector and artist club of which he is part). Keith said that the hacker can keep one Moonbird as “compensation” in order to make him happy.
Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that these demands will be met, as Keith has since said that he is selling all of his stolen items on LooksRare.
Concerning how Keith might have known who the scammer was, a verified Twitter user named “Dollar” said that the alleged scammer, “DVincent_,” whose account has since been shut down, is already half doxxed because they were involved in another $2 million NFT theft. Others, like “Just1n.eth” and “Sulphaxyz,” have also said that “DVincent_” was part of a malicious site that was pretending to be a “p2peer” platform for completing NFT negotiations.
The scam, which happened just days after Beeple’s Twitter account was hacked in a big way, is another harsh reminder to NFT fans to be careful when using third-party platforms. Also, since people like “Just1n.eth” and “Sulphaxyz” have come forward to say they know the alleged culprit, it is likely that many other people in the community have been hurt by the same malicious link.