Fraudsters strike again! This time they targeted Invisible Friends NFT Collection by luring users to a fake site using a sham presale as bait.
🚨🚨 scam alert! There's a fake website out there with a fake pre-sale. We haven't launched yet and this is the only website that matters: https://t.co/9uW95g9Yxg
(bookmark it and never use anything else pls)
— Invisible Friends (@InvsbleFriends) January 3, 2022
Invisible Friends Fake Site and Presale Fiasco
The team made it clear that they have not launched yet and will never do a stealth drop. In addition, they urged their community to bookmark the official website https://invisiblefriends.io because it is the only website that matters.
Unfortunately, the scammers really know how to pick a target. Invisible friends NFT Collection is one of the most hyped upcoming projects in the space. It doesn’t even have a drop date yet but it already has over 147,000 followers on Twitter! So just imagine the excitement of eager community members when they thought there was a stealth drop.
The team hasn’t released a report about the affected users and the extent of the damage. However, the Twitter thread is filled with devasted users claiming they fell for the scam. For example, user @chefleighton tweeted, “Hey I signed for your discord and got a message I thought was from you guys and got scammed for 2 NFT’s”.
Meanwhile, user @FuriousD5280 is furious about losing his money for the real presale. “Me too! Also for 2 of them. I’m super pissed, that was my invisible friends’ money.”
What We Know About the Real Presale
After addressing the fake site and presale fiasco, Invisible Friends NFT Collection shared more details about the real presale. The announcement reads, “Our mint will be 100% presale for people on the early access list. We will be giving out 5000 presale spots for 5000 mints. 1 mint per person. The leftover mints of those who do not mint during round 1 of presale will go to a round 2 of the presale.”
So just sit tight because the Invisible Friends NFTs are dropping by February. Meanwhile, more details on round 2 of the presale will be released closer to the mint date.
Don’t be a victim!
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. A few days before New Year’s Eve, the NFT community was hit by a double whammy when scammers released a fake Metamask token and eventually rugpulled!
As user @keichannn29 puts it, “scammers are always lurking in the dark, as though they are invisible trying to get us.” So it wouldn’t hurt to always triple-check links and transactions you’re doing. Yes, the race of fingers is a thing in the NFT space but securing your hard-earned crypto remains a top priority.
Since hacks and scams are prevalent, one of the things that users can consider is installing a burner wallet. The burner wallet is just another account, which is there to hold temporary funds allocated for minting. This way, the risk and exposure of the users will be minimized.
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