Six Apes Lost in Fake Verified Twitter User Scam

A scam mint involving a verified Twitter account posing as Yuga Labs co-founder Garga tricked a handful of users including one who lost six Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs and more than 375 ETH. 

The account, which has since been renamed and had its tweets deleted, posted a fake mint to Twitter from Aug. 5-6 for Azurbala — the setting of the Jenkins the Valet NFT and Bored and Dangerous NFT metaverse. 0xClawd claimed to be the owner of the six Apes stolen by the scam, though he responded to NFTStatistics that he "never clicked accept" on the bogus site

"All I did was click connect wallet and it asked me to pay gas at which point I rejected it and still had this happen," said 0xClawd.

Developer and NFT founder 0xfoobar refuted 0xClawd's claim, posting transaction records and showing where set approval for all (the contract interaction which gives another user the ability to transfer assets) was signed before the transfers. The six sales of Apes made up a bulk of the collection's volume over the past 24 hours. 

Users are reminded to check the username on Twitter before clicking on any links for stealth or surprise mints and claims. Also users should take note of the transactions they are signing before clicking confirm and to reject any suspicious transactions.

This scam tweet from a verified account posing as Yuga Labs founder Garga affected one user who lost 375 ETH and six Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs.


Arguably the most successful NFT project, the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), is a collection of 10,000 uniquely generated bored apes that are stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Launched on April 23, Bored Ape Yacht Club had a mint price of 0.08 ETH and the collection sold out on April 30, 2021. Since its launch, the project has dropped multiple companion collections including Bored Ape Kennel Club, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, and Otherdeed for Otherside, and has helped onboard a number of high profile and celebrity collectors to the NFT ecosystem.
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