NFT is a rapidly growing market that sells digital content for millions of dollars. Unfortunately, there is also an escalating controversy linked to the industry. Malicious actors are taking advantage of NFTs to launch online scams, with three notable artists already falling victim to their scheme.
Cryptocurrency fans are probably familiar with NTFs, which stands for non-fungible tokens. An NFT acts as a digital certification that signifies ownership over the original version of a viral video, meme, art, or multimedia content. More recently, NFTs are sold for profit and royalties.
Keep in mind that to join the NFT market, artwork has to be “minted” or put on the blockchain. Unfortunately, users minting an object do not need to be identified as the owner of the artwork. Anybody can mint online art, and because of that, scams have gone rampant.
NFT Scam Prevention: How to Spot Fake NFT
MakeUseOf said that NFT is a financial opportunity for investors and scammers. Customers should be cautious on which side they are buying their merchandise. Experts listed out three indicators for NFT scams.
3. Opening a Fake NFT Website
Many scammers try to replicate popular NFT marketplaces to fool customers with their credibility. Unfortunately, new fans might have a hard time telling the difference. NFT buyers must conduct their own research before purchasing.
For example, an NFT known as ApeGang #4510 costs 10 ETH on official markets. However, on a scam website, an imitation NFT will only sell for 1 ETH. Be warned that these fake NFTs might contain incorrect minting addresses, and the contract addresses would not match up.
2. Social Media Impersonation
Another scam tactic is to impersonate creators. Be warned that the fake pages heavily resemble the originals. To boost their legitimacy, scammers also host fake giveaways under the creator’s name. This is a digital theft against the original owner.
To avoid fake accounts, check for a verification tick next to the username. Also, scroll down on the activity feed and check on the number of followers, comments, and online activities. A real account will often include interaction with fans.
1. Investor and Customer Support Scams
Lastly, after the scammers convince victims with their fake identity and fake online shop, they would proceed to steal the money. Some of these scammers might contact victims to “fix” problems encountered with the faulty NFT product. Others will provide discounts or offers on special NFT. During this process, they might ask for sensitive information and payment fees.
If the interactions are getting suspicious, try contacting the artist or the official website on social media page. Never give any personal information or other sensitive data unless the other party is proven to be legitimate.
Fake NFTs Sell on the Internet
According to The Verge, three artists already had their artworks stolen through NFTs. They are all in the process of filing complaints. Listed below are some of their tweet reactions.
Devin Elle Kurtz was just feeling curious about NFT. Unfortunately, her work was spotted and stolen.
I searched my name to make sure my art hadn’t been stolen and turned into NFTs, and sure thing, an obscure old piece from my DeviantArt is randomly on the front page of the marble cards NFT website? How is this allowed… pic.twitter.com/EE1jXLuQDL
— Devin – Store Open! (@DevinElleKurtz) March 12, 2021
Simon Stålenhag felt shocked to see scammers taking advantage of his work.
Can somebody explain to me what this abomination is pic.twitter.com/19Spf359RZ
— Simon Stålenhag (@simonstalenhag) March 10, 2021
Derek Laufman is questioning NFT’s verification process.
This is 100% NOT me. I thought the point of NFT was that the artwork and artists needed to be verified? Apparently super easy to scam people. What a joke that platform is. https://t.co/FrBy4zuhQy
— Derek Laufman (@laufman) March 13, 2021
Whenever making an NFT transaction, apply the three instructions above to avoid falling victim to ongoing NFT scams.
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