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Seven Bored Apes Worth $700K Stolen

Observers Suspect a Serial Scammer

Seven Bored Apes Worth $700K Stolen

Yet another holder of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFTs has fallen prey to a phishing scam. 

The latest theft resulted in the loss of seven of the NFTs, each worth over $100,000 at current floor prices.

Stolen BAYC NFTs

The victim appears to have been tricked into granting approval to a malicious contract. Once this happened, the scammer was able to transfer the seven BAYC tokens out of the victim’s wallet.

Among the stolen NFTs is BAYC #6567, which the victim purchased for 190 ETH ($250,000) just two days ago. The scammer offloaded it for 63 ETH earlier today.

BAYC #6567

Serial Scammer

According to ZachXBT, a well-known whistleblower in the crypto space, there’s a chance the person or group that stole the NFTs is a repeat offender. 

He noted on Twitter that the scammer who obtained the seven Bored Apes had already stolen another one, Bored Ape 8941, in September. 

The on-chain sleuth further linked the theft of Bored Ape 8941 to someone he refers to as HK/Chase by noting the connection between the alleged perpetrator’s profile picture on OpenSea with a previous exposé on a group allegedly responsible for hacking over 600 Discord servers.

CirrusNFT, a collector who recently highlighted the liquidations faced by BAYC holders on BendDAO, calls it the “worst wallet drain in recent memory.”

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Scammers have targeted Bored Ape owners in the past — A hacker stole actor Seth Green’s Bored Ape in May. In April, another scammer stole four of the NFTs by hacking the official BAYC Instagram account. 

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