Brazilian crypto influencer falls for phishing scam

Augusto Backes lost $211,000 after clicking link that he thought was relating to a recent NFT drop

Brazilian crypto influencer and YouTuber Augusto Backes has fallen victim to an email phishing scam that saw him lose over $200,000.

The email stated it was from Ethereum’s layer-2 blockchain Blast about a recent airdrop and after clicking on the link approximately $211,000 was taken from Backes’ wallet.

On a video on his channel Backes explained: “In the middle of this anxiety, I received an email. Two months ago, I subscribed my wallet to Blast’s airdrop, and I had to prove the NFT quantity to be selected for this airdrop.

“The email seemed to be sent from Blast, and as a matter of fact, this is a well-crafted scam, with the scammer imitating the website. I clicked the ‘Claim your tokens’ button once, signed the transaction on my MetaMask, and the contract swallowed everything.”

Joe Green, Head of the Quick Response Team at blockchain security firm CertiK, has found that the addresses in this attack were linked to the Inferno Drainer scam.

He said: “So whilst malicious addresses linked to Inferno were involved in this incident it is unlikely to be an Inferno Drainer. The scammers’ wallet is 0x3CF955Bf92DD56CFE51cf7024EA1F2be49CEBC2F while the fee address is 0xf672775e124E66f8cC3FB584ed739120d32bBaad. 

“The transactions were initiated by 0x0000db5c8B030ae20308ac975898E09741e70000 which has been associated with the Inferno Drainer in the past.”

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Written by David Kent

David has more than a decade of sports betting and sports writing experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry. He focuses on articles covering these subjects including how crypto is transforming sportsbooks.

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