The FBI has issued a warning regarding an increase in financial fraud within the NFT community [1], specifically targeting potential buyers. Cybercriminals are posing as legitimate NFT developers and using various tactics to deceive users [5].


These scammers gain unauthorized access to NFT developer social media accounts or create fake accounts to promote new NFT releases [3] [5]. They create a false sense of urgency and provide links to phishing websites that mimic legitimate NFT projects [5]. Victims are then tricked into connecting their cryptocurrency wallets and making purchases [2] [5], unknowingly transferring their cryptocurrency and NFTs to wallets operated by the criminals. To conceal the stolen contents, the criminals launder the NFTs through cryptocurrency mixers and exchanges [5].

The FBI advises NFT consumers to conduct thorough research on surprise opportunities, verify the authenticity of social media accounts [2] [4], watch out for signs of fake websites [2], and exercise caution when encountering offers that seem too good to be true. They also urge individuals to promptly report any suspicious NFT-related activities to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center [1], providing relevant details such as links, social media accounts [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [7] [8], crypto accounts [3] [8], or domains used in the scam [3]. Collaboration between the NFT community [5], platforms [5] [6] [7], and law enforcement is crucial in combating this fraud [5].


The FBI warns that cybercriminals are exploiting social media platforms in the NFT and cryptocurrency domain [7], posing as legitimate personas and hijacking social media accounts to deceive victims [7]. Deceptive websites that mimic genuine platforms are a significant issue [7], tricking victims into exposing their digital assets and falling prey to crypto theft and NFT scams [7]. The FBI emphasizes the urgent need for vigilance and highlights the increasing sophistication of these scams [7]. By conducting thorough research, verifying the authenticity of social media profiles [6], and promptly reporting suspicious transactions [6], individuals can help reduce the threat of these scams and create a safer digital space for all [7].