A hacker who has been tricking victims into being approved as wallet operators using a phishing website has amassed 29 Moonbird NFTs from a single wallet. The victim in question calls himself ‘Keith’ digital ornithologist‘, a husband and father of three who described the theft of his ‘hard earned money from the last 38 years’ as ‘life altering’.
In total, the 29 first-tier Moonbirds equate to around 750ETH (or $1.5 million), an amount that, in any other context in life, would be regarded as undeniably substantial if it were ever stolen. However, as we all know, the NFT space is still a fairly ambiguous and unregulated space, regardless of the fact that a UK court recently ruled that the digital asset is “legal property”, which is why Keith resorted to sending a message to the hacker. through an NFT.
In the message, negotiate for the 28 Moonbirds to be returned at the end of the day (i.e. May 25), where if not, the the police and the FBI will be formally notified (with the help of the Proof Collective, an exclusive club of NFT artists and collectors of which he is a part). In an effort to appease the hacker, Keith stated that he will allow a Moonbird to keep as “compensation”.
Unfortunately, it looks like such demands probably won’t be met, as Keith has done ever since. fixed that all of his stolen assets are for sale on LooksRare.
Regarding how Keith could have known of the scammer’s identity, a verified Twitter user who goes by ‘Dollar’ reclaimed that the alleged culprit ‘DVincent_’ (whose account is now deactivated) is already half screwed over his involvement in another $2 million worth of NFT theft. Others, such as ‘Just1n.eth’ and ‘Sulphaxyz’ have also He suggested that ‘DVincent_’ was part of a malicious site fraudulently posing as a ‘p2peer’ platform to complete NFT trades.
The hoax, which came just days after Beeple’s big stunt. Twitter account, is another harsh reminder for NFT enthusiasts to stay vigilant when it comes to third-party platforms. Furthermore, given that the likes of ‘Just1n.eth’ and ‘Sulphaxyz’ have come out to express their familiarity with the alleged culprit, it is very likely that many other members of the community have fallen victim to the same malevolent link.
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