Despite all the predictions that interest in NFT will not last long, non-fungible tokens continue to be at the top of the most interesting topics of the crypto market. Today, the focus is once again on the most popular nft marketplace Open Sea and the elusive artist Banksy.
Just yesterday, a certain NFT Pranski collector fell victim to a deception, as a result of which he lost 97.67 eth worth $ 341,500. The embarrassing situation resulted from the site of the popular artist Banksy being hijacked to promote a fake NFT auction.
Pransky noticed a page on Banksy’s official website advertising the NFT auction on the popular OpenSea marketplace. Doubting the authenticity of the lot, the collector decided to take a chance and participate in the auction. The rate was not much, not less than 87 ethers and over time increased to almost 100 ETH.
The offer was accepted, but immediately after the link to the OpenSea auction was removed from Banksy’s website, the buyer became seriously concerned that the listing could be fraudulent. Just an hour after the auction was posted on Twitter, he tweeted:
“So my 100 ETH bet has been accepted for a potential #Banksy first #NFT on @opensea. The link has been removed from his website, so it could have been a very elaborate hoax, I guess it will, only time will tell! “
The attackers turned out to be honest, no matter how paradoxical it sounds, and within a few hours they returned 97.69 ETH back. In the comments, BBC Prankcy said:
“The return was completely unexpected. I think the press coverage of the hack, plus the fact that I found the hacker and followed him on Twitter, may have pushed him towards a refund. ”
A Banksy spokesman, commenting on the situation, said, quoting: “Artist Banksy did not create any NFT artwork. No Banksy NFT auctions are affiliated with the artist in any way. ” However, it was not possible to find out from him for certain whether the artist’s website was hacked. In this whole situation, only OpenSea remained the winner, receiving a 2.5% share of the Pransky bid, although it did not receive Banksy’s NFTs, which, we are sure, would become the most popular in the history of the auction.