Place/Date: - June 1st, 2022 at 12:18 pm UTC · 8 min read
If you’re a hardcore NFT player, there must be various NFT airdrops in your wallet, including some coming from no where. However, once you interact with some of them, the assets in your wallet will probably be emptied – This is one of the popular NFT scams.
Due to the craze about NFTs nowadays, a variety of scams has sprung up. With fake projects (websites), fake announcements, fake airdrops, fake prize-winning notices, fake transactions, etc., all kinds of traps have emerged and always get their way to fool the users.
No doubt users can reduce the probability of being tricked by improving their vigilance. But is there a product in the Web3 marketplace that helps users identify projects, warn them of risks, and keep them away from scams ultimately?
As interests in NFT assets among crypto players generally increased over the last year, the number of different NFT scams has exploded correspondingly, with almost every NFT player encountering some kind of scam at one point or another.
A degree of watchfulness is always required to avoid being scammed whether you are a new player or an NFT expert. Below is a list of five major NFT scams in current market to help you keep vigilant.
With the popularity of BAYC in the midsummer of 2021, various copycat projects under the banner of “Ape” mushroomed, shouting slogans like “the next blue chip NFT” to induce users into buying their NFTs. However, once users finished minting, these projects usually ended up deleting official social accounts, shutting down websites and making off with money within a few days, with all the promises and plans made before turning into a dead letter — commonly known as “rug pull” in the industry. Throughout the whole process, the price of these NFTs peaked when listed and eventually went to zero.
Actually, almost every project has listed channels about scams and emphasized that officials will never DM community members. The easiest method to avoid such scams for users is to ignore them or turn DM service off — which may cost users a lot of opportunities to communicate with community members, so some of them won’t turn it off.
Such incidents occurred frequently on Discord over the past month or so as follows:
In addition, there is another kind of popular fake NFT transaction on OpenSea. The scammer first lists an NFT at a price much lower than the floor price and then cancels the order immediately, setting a much higher new price instead. By taking advantage of OpenSea’ delay on price display, the scammers trick many users to buy cheap NFTs at a high price without confirming the final price.
Last September, Twitter user AJ (@babbler_dabbler) tweeted that his wallet had been stolen, losing $41,300 worth of NFTs including Damien Hirst’s The Currency NFT. The cause of this unfortunate incident was that the user clicked on an NFT airdrop of unknown origin, resulting in the leakage of private keys.
Both Web3 players and project organizers are suffering from the above scams which are common in today’s NFT market.
But it doesn’t mean the problem can’t be solved and there’s nothing we can do about it. Improving self-vigilance is always the vital and crucial part. Besides, technology can also help reduce the risk of being deluded for users, which is exactly what MOJOR, the Web3 community platform, is trying to solve.
MOJOR is a NFT-based Web3 community platform, focusing on Web3 infrastructure and services, bridging the gap between traditional Internet (Web2) and Web3, and building a Web3-owned community platform, so as to solve community problems seamlessly and efficiently and improve the governance efficiency of community managers.
Here’s how MOJOR cracks the above scams:
Taking fake transactions as an example: As MOJOR users log in with wallet addresses, they can click on another user’s account interface to check the DIDs information to figure out whether the other side is a real NFT holder. Furthermore, users can trade via NFTswap, one of MOJOR’s internal bots, without being redirected to a third-party NFT trading platform like OpenSea , thus avoiding temporary price changes situation (Note: NFTswap currently does not charge transaction fees, users only need to pay on-chain gas fees to complete the transactions).
In terms of fake projects, MOJOR gives a score based on a comprehensive analysis of information about project organizers. Specifically, from the perspective of social dynamics, Twitter accounts of copycat projects usually have below characteristics: short-term registration time, low interaction, a small number of followers (with many artificial followers) and no influencers following. All the information will be identified by MOJOR and users will receive risk alerts when clicking on the project information page.
As to fake prize-winning notices, the system will automatically prompt the risk when an account receives a fake DM link in MOJOR, and users can click on the account’s details page to directly check whether the address is the official one of the project organizer. In specific, community organizers can send official POAP to the mods or administrators, and if a user finds the address in DMs without POAP authentication, it can be regarded as an impostor and the scam will be immediately detected to avoid losses.
For fake airdrops, MOJOR will identify fake NFTs in users’ addresses and send alerts accordingly. And there is almost no possibility as to fake announcements, for projects also log in through the wallet addresses without passwords leakage, so as to greatly reduce the risk for accounts being hacked.
Through subjective improvement on awareness of prevention, along with objective technical protection, the living space for the NFT scams will gradually narrow down in the future.