Scammers Are on a Verified Twitter Account Hacking Spree Promoting Fake Azuki NFT Airdrops
- Scammers are on a verified Twitter hunt to promote scammy projects.
- Recent hijacks show a continuous promotion of Azuki NFT promotion.
- The scammers are getting control of the accounts mainly through phishing emails.
Twitter users should be wary of a new fraud that has surfaced on the network. Do not click the link and connect your Ethereum wallet if you've been tagged in a discussion about an excellent opportunity for free Azuki NFTs. It's most likely a hoax, and it's not an official endeavor from Azuki's designers.
Scammers are stealing verified Twitter accounts, including those of journalists and media professionals, and altering the profile content and photographs to make it appear as though the account belongs to one of the Azuki project's co-creators.
Verified Twitter account hacking spree
We recently covered how scammers took down a Twitter account of an Indian government organization to promote the Azuki NFT scam airdrop. The scammers carry out the scam by tweeting a link promising a "special airdrop" of Beanz immediately after a verified account is compromised. Beanz is the NFT drop that was given for free solely to existing Azuki NFT holders.
According to the tweet, NFT collectors should click the link to "claim a bean," after which they would be invited to connect an Ethereum wallet as part of the scam.
In the end, the users will lose all their assets. They don't get any Beanz NFTs or anything else in exchange.
In at least two incidents, a phishing email purporting to be issued from Twitter's support staff was used to breach the journalist's account. According to one journalist who talked to Decrypt on the condition of anonymity, their account sent out over 6,000 tweets, virtually all of which tagged many prospective victims for the scam.
The Azuki-themed fraud is strikingly similar to a recent one involving ApeCoin (APE), an Ethereum-based token designed for Yuga Labs' Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project which is being constructed over the Web3 platform.
Users should be cautious about the growing crypto and NFT scams. As the popularity and adoption of digital assets are soaring, so does the scams and illicit activities surrounding them.
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