The co-founder and CEO of Nest, a security-focused crypto wallet app, fell victim to a phishing attack. He attempted to claim what he believed to be a genuine airdrop, resulting in the loss of 52 stETH tokens valued at $125,000.
The LFG token airdrop, introduced recently, targets Ethereum users who have incurred transaction fees exceeding $4,269 since 2016. This initiative aims to incentivize their transition to the Solana blockchain by offering rewards.
The first airdrop is based on a Snapshot as of Ethereum block number 18829000.
The airdrop eligibility criteria is that the ETH address spent at least $4269 on gas and interacted with at least one common ETH protocol
— LFG (@LessFnGas) January 1, 2024
“I just got scammed $125k of state trying to claim the LFG airdrop,” Nest Wallet co-founder Bill Lou wrote on X today.
Lou clicked the link from an article at the top of a Google search regarding the airdrop that led to the scam website. “I saw an article guide to the airdrop and followed the link to sign a message. I didn’t even question it,” Lou explained. He said he used MetaMask with a claim that Nest didn’t have a “test version installed and was fixing some bugs” instead of Nest. Lou added that the wallet would have caught his product if he had.
“Transaction simulation is a must,” Lou said to The Block. “Nest Wallet has this built-in, and MetaMask completely lacks it. This could have been completely avoided.”Lou emphasized the importance of searching for official X accounts while sharing links. Additionally, he suggested using multi-sig wallets for added protection.
Crypto Scams Alert: Fake X Accounts Target LFG Users
Lou’s case appears part of a broader pattern, as others have fallen victim to similar attacks. They reported losses from their wallets after clicking on fraudulent links through fake X accounts.
⚠️Breaking: Do not click any links dealing with the $LFG token.
The co-founder of Solana retweeted a tweet from them that resulted in many people getting their wallets drained.
It’s supposedly an airdrop on Solana for how much gas speed you’ve spent on $ETH.
Please retweet… pic.twitter.com/flAtLlL0TD
— Jacob Canfield (@JacobCanfield) January 2, 2024
The project behind LFG, acknowledging the issue, posted a statement stating, “We are aware of several scam accounts impersonating us and are reporting them. Please do the same and help protect your fellow users,” clarifying its official X account and website details.
The project plans to airdrop 400 billion LFG to 387,000 qualifying wallets. The protocol stipulates that any unclaimed tokens will undergo burning within one month. As per current data from CoinGecko, the token is $0.000069.
To date, LFG has seen some 25,000 users claim tokens on Solana. Another X post reveals that the total supply of 1 trillion LFG tokens allocates 60% for airdrops, 10% for early contributors, 6% for liquidity provision, and 24% for its treasury.
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