Two scam Twitter accounts posing as CryptoPunk and Azuki whales have stolen over $136,500 (80.3 ETH) in the last 30 days. The expose is the latest in a string of hacks and scams in the crypto world.
Fake giveaways and open-edition projects
ZachXBT, a crypto Twitter detective, has revealed that two Twitter accounts, @CyrusPunk9623 and @Stevedoes100x, have managed to get away with over 80.3 ETH in the past month. The two hyped their accounts and gained traction by posing as Crypto Punk and Azuki Whales.
During that time, they revealed that they created over 13 open-edition projects:
The two accounts also hosted fake giveaways. Another Twitter account, Sean Bonner, suspected the two might be the same person. He also said he called out their giveaways, and the two accounts blocked him immediately. Zach XBT replied that it seemed so since the two accounts use similar wallets.
Most of the replies to the Zach XBT revelation condemn the two accounts and commend the Twitter detective’s work to prevent more victims. Others called those who fell for the scam “pathetic” and “lazy,” saying that the victims did not see the clear tell-tale account that screams, “I will take your money.”
At the time of writing, @CyrusPunk9623’s Twitter Account still exists, and all posts are still up but have not been active since the expose. On the other hand, @Stevedoes100x was deleted, and a quick search shows the account does not exist.
NFT scams are becoming prevalent in the NFT industry. In January 2023 only, Kevin Rose, the PROOF Collective founder, was scammed out of more than $1 million in NFTs. He was a victim of a phishing scam, and his Azuki Twitter account was also hacked, whereby his followers clicked a link by the hacker, leading to a loss of NFTs worth $800,000.