On May 17, Seth Green, an American actor and film producer, announced on Twitter that 4 NFTs were stolen through a phishing scam on May 8. The NFTs stolen from his wallet included Bored Ape #8398, Mutant Ape #9964 and #19182, and Doodle #7546. Seth Green revealed that the scammer then quickly sold NFT to a Twitter account named DarkWing84 for 106.5 ETH, or more than $265,000.
Seth Green tried to contact this person to make a deal, because these NFTs will be used in a show he is working on. However, DarkWing84 has not responded. The last time this Twitter account was active was from March 2021.
“I bought that ape in July 2021 and have spent the last several months developing and exploiting the IP to make it into the star of this show. Then days before – his name is Fred, by the way – days before he’s set to make his world debut, he’s literally kidnapped”, Seth Green said.
Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) is a special NFT collection of the crypto world. Not only is BAYC known as the most successful NFT collection at the moment, but it also has its own token and, soon, the metaverse game. BAYC grants token holders the image rights and legal rights that come with each “ape”, meaning that BAYC holders are free to use it for whatever commercial purposes they want, as well as create its derivative products.
The fact that NFTs was scammed and then has a new owner, Seth Green’s show may be temporarily delayed because the owner of Bored Ape #8398 is now DarkWing84 and he/she probably won’t let Seth Green use this NFT.
The future of the TV Show remains in question. NFT marketplace OpenSea has decided to block Bored Ape #8398 transaction, as their policy does not favor buying/selling/trading in stolen or criminal items.
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