On August 9, ZachXBT published an article which exploits two young scammers from France. Starting in December 2021, the hackers, Mathys and Camile, have reportedly scammed blue-chip NFT owners multiple times. They stole from Azuki, Bored Ape Yacht Club, Doodles, and Sudoswap holders, and it is estimated they made an overall profit of more than $2.5 million. The scammers have been using Tornado Cash, now blocked by the U.S. government, to transfer the assets. Hence, a part of the money remains untracked.
The scammers used creative phishing methods to steal from the NFT community. In the article, ZachXBT shares screenshots of a fake BAYC platform French scammers used. The sleuth also posted several dialogue screenshots, some of which indicated the scammers to be French.
ZachXBT then discovered social media accounts belonging to the criminals by studying photographs and analysing on-chain transactions. It turned out the French NFT thieves worked together. The investigator managed to discover Twitter handles belonging to the scammers: @mtsgtb and @rxktv, but they deactivated their accounts right after ZachXBT’s publication went live.
Twitter user @Luchap2BTC has shared that Mathys and Camile might have attended a computer programming school “42.” At the moment of writing, the school looks into its records to help provide information about the criminals.
“Hopefully in the near future we will see some form of legal action taken against Mathys and Camille for the financial harm they have perpetrated on so many people,”
Unfortunately, scams are still prevalent in crypto, and the French NFT thieves are just one example of nefarious agents in the crypto and NFT space. It’s important for NFT holders to remain vigilant on the internet, and here are some tips on how to avoid NFT scams.