A hacker hit the NFT community again by impersonating NFT influencer Zeneca, claiming that a new airdrop is available and advising people to connect as soon as possible to redeem the passes.
Phishing scams targeting NFT holders are booming, with numerous incidents already recorded, especially on Twitter. Whether it’s a simple phishing scheme delivered in emails or a more complex one targeting NFT users, they all use the same hook: people’s desire to make a quick buck.
According to a Coindesk report, hackers briefly compromised Zeneca’s Twitter and Discord accounts and linked to a fake airdrop for the “official release of the Zen Academy Founders Pass airdrop.” In reality, victims connected their wallets.
It’s unclear how many people have been affected by the incident, but the link stayed online for 40 minutes on Twitter. Twitter’s head of consumer product marketing, Justin Tayler, notified the community that the account had been hacked and announced that Zeneca would soon regain control.
A few days ago, NFT artist DeeKay Kwon had his Twitter account hackedby scammers who pulled the same trick on his followers, leading to $150,000 worth of stolen NFTs.
The fact that so many people fall for these new scams shows how vulnerable crypt users are. Scammers normally use messages that imply some kind of emergency, like a limited number of airdrops available for a short period. It doesn’t help that some authors and companies use the same messages to promote their products.
In any case, it would be wise to avoid any invitations that mention an urgency and contact the purported author as quickly as possible to determine if the offer is genuine or a scam.