NFT whale ‘Pranksy’ pranked by pretend Banksy for 97.7 ETH
Nonfungible token collector Pransky was duped out of 97.67 Ether, price $341,500, after the web site of well-liked artist Banksy was hijacked to advertise a pretend NFT public sale.
However, nearly all the cash has since been refunded.
On Aug. 31, Pransky noticed a web page on Banksy’s official web site selling an NFT public sale on the favored market, OpenSea. Despite voicing his misgiving as to the authenticity of the token, Pranksy opted to take part within the public sale and elevated the best bid by 87 Ether ($304,500) to nearly 100 ETH.
It appears to be hosted on https://t.co/J8U3TmR3gE? So might be real, one to look at over the following 3 days
— Pranksy (@pranksy) August 31, 2021
The bid was accepted, however after a hyperlink to the OpenSea public sale was faraway from Banksy’s web site, the NFT investor started to worry the itemizing could have been fraudulent. Just one hour after sharing the public sale on Twitter, Pranksy posted:
“So my bid of 100 ETH was accepted for the potential #Banksy first #NFT on @opensea. The link was removed from his website so it could have been a very elaborate hoax, my guess is that is what it will be, only time will tell!”
The perpetrators refunded Pranksy a couple of hours later, sending 97.69 ETH backr. Pranksy believes he acquired the refund after figuring out the hacker and following them on Twitter. He told the BBC:
“The refund was totally unexpected, I think the press coverage of the hack plus the fact that I had found the hacker and followed him on Twitter may have pushed him into a refund.”
A spokesperson related to Banksy mentioned: “The artist Banksy has not created any NFT artworks. Any Banksy NFT auctions are not affiliated with the artist in any shape or form.” They declined to debate whether or not Banky’s web site had been breached by hackers.
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Commenting on the drama, Twitter person “Cryptochild” famous that OpenSea was the only real winner from the debacle, having pocketed a 2.5% lower of Pransky’s large bid.
A daring one within the circumstances All good enjoyable in the long run with @opensea popping out the winner with 2.5%
— CryptoChild (@xCryptochild) August 31, 2021