How Posting NFTs on Twitter Almost Got Me Scammed

By Anw1nd3r | HustleBeaver | 17 Jan 2023


I'm just a crypto enthusiast who created a small NFT collection of AI-generated human portraits on Opensea. I thought it would be a good idea to earn some extra income by selling them so I posted about it on my Twitter account. That's when it got exciting. Well, sort of...

In a few minutes, my post got one retweet, one like, and one comment. Not so bad, I thought, as I only have a handful of followers. I checked out the retweet. It was done by a bot promoting an account called Nftmarkettplace. The bot calls itself "becky". At least, it noticed my post. I must have done something right. Clever marketing by the bot creator, though.

Next, I took a look at the comment. It was hidden by Twitter's algorithm so I couldn't see it right away. It came from someone named Lissa Kaprelian and said "Send me the link to purchase this item." Of course, I was very excited. Someone is interested in my NFTs! I replied with the link right away. Interestingly, they wanted the link sent to their inbox so I sent them a message. Lissa was quick to reply "Thank you mate. I'm buying now." and, of course, I thanked them. But wait...

They said "Hi it needs you to validate your wallet before I buy now". They further said that I just needed to validate on a site called validatenfts.tech and would need to have 0.1Eth in my wallet for it. I didn't have that much ETH but I did go to the website they sent me. They've taken it down now but I was able to find it using Wayback Machine. This is the front page:

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And they have this on their Disclaimer section:

"This is a third party validation medium which improves and hastens the validation process
We use the best security services thereby ensuring you of top security and all your information is safe with us and solely for the purpose of validation."

Not too bad, I suppose. They just wanted to help speed things up. But things got even more exciting as I navigated to the validation page. There were only two fields to fill in: your phrase and your NFT account name. The almost invisible placeholder of the top text box had a text that read : "The 12-24 phrase words of your NFTs wallet". The WHAT!!!!??????

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Then and there I realized it was a disgusting scam. And I was gonna borrow 0.1Eth from my brother to validate...Lol. Everybody knows nobody else should see your seed phrase or you might just as well donate it to charity. Anyway, I was lucky to have been hammered with the "Not your keys, not your crypto" mantra back in my early days of delving into the crypto world. Big thanks to the crypto OGs.

I messaged the scammer and told them their website looks really bad and maybe they could lend me 0.1Eth to validate so they can buy NFTs right away. They never replied. And, oh! Another Twitter user named Isabella wants me to DM them the floor price of my NFTs. I guess I successfully created a post that's a certified scam magnet. Not so bad of an accomplishment!

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Anyway, I'm sharing this not just to tell my story but also so that other aspiring NFT artists can be aware of these types of scams out there. I hope you enjoyed the read and remember: Not your keys, not your NFTs!

 

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