NOV 27, 2023
A Sensational Win: Mutant Ape NFT! (Phishing Scam Explored)
We have received an email from OpenSea stating that we have won a very valuable Mutant Ape NFT! And we have proceeded to claim it.
We have won a Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) NFT!
The 'good' news has arrived via an e-mail that we have received from OpenSea <email@example.com>
The MAYC are being sold for approx. 5.5 ETH in OpenSea, so it is clear that we have hit the jackpot. How lucky we are... Let's claim our MAYC NFT straight away.
We have recorded the process, which you can now watch in this 1-minute video.
Of Course, It Was A Scam
This phishing scam is not sophisticated and easy to spot as a malicious attack.
However, it is worth reviewing the data we acquired from the email and learning as much as possible.
These are the SIX RED FLAGS that anyone with a medium level of crypto and digital safety knowledge should be able to identify:
1st Red Flag: If it is too good to be true... probably it is not true
In this case, they tempt us with an excellent offer, a very valuable NFT for free.
This scammer could have used an additional amygdala hijack technique, which is scarcity. But it seems that, luckily for us, this scam was put together by someone with minimal scamming experience... or lazy.
In any case, statistically, if enough emails are sent, eventually, someone will fall for it.
2nd Red Flag: The email was sent from a Hotmail account. Opensea or any other reputable website would never use generic email accounts.
It seems that the scammer does not have the means or cash to create a personalized domain for the email address to look more trustworthy.
For us, such an email from a generic account should be an obvious sign that this is a scam.
3rd Red Flag: We can observe that the link leads to a tiny URL web page by hovering over the' Clain Now' button.
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