Malicious scams and phishing targeting NFT beginners are currently rampant. If you receive a message from an unfollowed user on social media such as Instagram or Twitter stating that they would like to purchase your work as NFT and would like you to list it on an NFT market (especially the ones listed in the later section), suspect that you are being directed to a scam website. A number of financial frauds and stealth marketing have been reported that target beginners in particular, directing them to external fake services designated to illegally access and stole virtual wallet information.
While it may be tempting for you, as a creator, to feel happy when your work is praised or you receive a purchase offer, carefully beware that most clever scams psychologically take advantage of such artist mentality. By accessing these fraudulent websites and list NFT through them, you are most likely to be forced to pay exorbitant fakes service fees, or in the worst case scenario, have your wallet hacked and your asset lost.
If it is difficult to determine whether or not the user is a scam, send a message such as “I will list the item on OpenSea, so please buy it on OpenSea if you like” and direct the user to the legitimate NFT (e.g. OpenSea) Marketplace page to purchase the work. If the user is a genuine collector and really intends to purchase the work, they will positively consider it.
*New fraud techniques have recently emerged that utilise OpenSea. Please also see the alert below.
In particular, the following sites are fraudulent sites that have been reported by our customers, so please be vigilant if you receive messages from these services.
List of Reported Fraudulent Marketplaces
- John Joseph Dowling
- Global NFT
- Open NFT Market
- Open NFT Trades
- Sky Blue
- Monster NFT
- Realms NFT
- Mint Realms
- Stratton NFT
- Sea World Art
- Sea Art World
- Bubble Cherry
- Zora Article Miner NFT
- Expert Crypto Mine
- Sea Art World Gallery
*These may have minor variations such as the presence or absence of spaces and capitalisation.
*As a trend, ‘Open’, ‘Sea’, ‘Blur’, ‘Zora’ and other keywords associated with legitimate well-known markets are often used. This is intent to draw creators’ psychological reaction of feeling somewhat familiar with those market names (as if they have heard of them!). Carefully check every single letter to see if there are any suspicious parts in the name.
List of Reported Fake Support Email Address
- opensea.io.livechat @ gmail.com
- openseas.io @ gmail.com
- openseahelpszendesk @ gmail.com
- opensea.io @ checkinfo.online
*Not only in the above example, but any Gmail addresses are fake mot officially supported by OpenSea.
For more information on scams related to Opensea, click the article below!
If you have any other concerns about whether the service you are considering using is a fraudulent site, or if you would like to consider a listing or bulk management agency to get started with NFT more securely, please contact CryptolessNFT using the form below.