Twitter Scammers Are Hijacking Verified Accounts for Fake Azuki NFT Airdrop


As with the recent ApeCoin scam, the perpetrators are stealing users’ accounts and blasting out a similar NFT token scam

Twitter users beware: if you’ve been tagged in a thread about an amazing opportunity for free Azuki NFTs, do not click the link and connect your Ethereum wallet. It’s likely part of a recent scam, and it is not an official initiative from the creators of Azuki.

Scammers are hijacking the accounts of verified Twitter users, including journalists and media professionals, and then changing the profile text and images to suggest that the account belongs to one of the co-creators of the popular Azuki project (the real founders at Chiru Labs all use pseudonyms).

From there, the scammer tweets out a link promising a “secret airdrop” of Beanz, the NFT drop that was given out free only to existing Azuki NFT holders last week. The tweet suggests that NFT collectors in the community should click the link to “claim a bean,” and then they are prompted to connect an Ethereum wallet as part of the fraudulent scheme.

Ultimately, what appears to happen is that people who connect a wallet to the site are having NFTs stolen from their respective wallets. They receive no Beanz NFTs and nothing else in return.

A screenshot of the type of tweet used in the scam, which also included an image of a Beanz NFT. Image: Twitter

In at least two cases, the journalist in question had their account compromised via a phishing email that was claimed to be sent by Twitter’s support team. One journalist, who spoke to Decrypt under the condition of anonymity, said that their account had sent out more than 6,000 tweets, with nearly all of them tagging several potential victims for the scheme.

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The Azuki-themed scam is very similar in approach to a recent one surrounding ApeCoin (APE), the Ethereum-based token created for the budding Web3 ecosystem that’s being built around Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project.

In March, more than $1 million worth of NFTs were reportedly stolen from collectors who interacted with a Twitter scam, which promised to airdrop a bounty of ApeCoin tokens to users. However, when someone connected a wallet, the scammers likewise stole NFTs that were within the wallet—including Bored Ape and Mutant Ape Yacht Club collectibles, in some cases.

Much like the Azuki scam, the ApeCoin scammers hijacked the Twitter accounts of verified users, including journalists, and claimed to be founders of Yuga Labs and the Bored Ape Yacht Club. Curiously, some of the ApeCoin scam victims claimed that they did not connect their wallet at the listed website, yet still said that their NFTs were stolen. Read More at DECRYPTCRYPTOCASTER® - DECENTRALIZED FREEDOM!

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