The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning about cyber criminals posing as legitimate NFT developers in fraud schemes designed to target active users within the NFT community.
The end goal is to steal cryptocurrency and other digital assets from the users.
The scammers compromise NFT developers’ social media accounts or create almost identical accounts to promote new NFT releases.
The FBI warns of criminal actors posing as legitimate NFT developers in financial fraud schemes targeting active users within the NFT community. Criminals either gain direct access to NFT developer social media accounts or create almost identical accounts to promote new NFT releases with a sense of urgency.
The crooks use the accounts to share links to sites designed to trick victims into connecting to their wallets to purchases the NFT.
“Fraudulent posts often aim to create a sense of urgency, using phrases like “limited supply,” and refer to the promotion as a “surprise” or previously unannounced mint. Links provided in these announcements are phishing links directing victims to a spoofed website that appears to be a legitimate extension of a particular NFT project.” reads the alert. “The spoofed websites invite victims to connect their cryptocurrency wallets and purchase the NFT. The victims unknowingly connect their cryptocurrency wallets to a drainer smart contract, resulting in the transfer of cryptocurrency and NFTs to wallets operated by criminals.”
Once the scammers have stolen the crypto assets from the victims’ wallets, they relied on a series of cryptocurrency mixers and exchanges to launder the stolen funds.
The FBI recommends users carefully review social media accounts and websites proposing new NFT projects to verify their legitimacy. When accessing websites that request you connect your cryptocurrency wallet, look for any evidence that can suggest that it is a clone of the legitimate website and report it to law enforcement.
Below is the list of tips provided by the alert:
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, FBI)