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Monkey Drainer, a phishing con artist, has stolen up to $1 million in ETH.


A long list of reported victims is displayed on Chainabuse for the four addresses associated with Monkey Drainer, including the monkey-drainer.eth address.

This week, it was claimed that a phishing scammer using the alias Monkey Drainer stole about $1 million worth of Ether (ETH tickers down $1,542) via shady imitation nonfungible token (NFT) minting websites.

One of the first to track and highlight the behavior was well-known blockchain sleuth ZachXBT, who said on October 26 that:

“Over the past 24 hrs ~700 ETH ($1m) has been stolen by the phishing scammer known as Monkey Drainer. They recently surpassed 7300 transactions from their drainer wallet after being around for only a few months.”

ZachXBT continued, “The two biggest victims over the last day include 0x02a & 0x626 who lost $370k combined through signing transactions on dangerous phishing sites.”

Longer term, Monkey Drainer is believed to have stolen more than $3.5 million through their schemes, with “that sum fast increasing by each day,” the blockchain fraud investigator continued.

Phishing scams sometimes include criminals disseminating links to websites that pose as legitimate initiatives or businesses in an effort to trick users into divulging private information by promising a thrilling purchasing opportunity or a no-cost promotion.

Monkey Drainer has been associated with four specific addresses, including the monkey-drainer.eth address.

A handful of the reported cases are phony Aptos Airdrops, a false Wolf Game and Bored Ape Yacht Club marketplace, and airdrop frauds via the Astrobot Society discord channel.

It now displays a lengthy list of reports about phishing assaults, NFT scams, and airdrop frauds.

Web3 security neighborhood Additionally, in response to ZachXBT’s Twitter thread, Wallet Guard mentioned that it had “seen multiple other mint sites recently constructed” using Monkey Drainer on the backend, including a phishing website that claimed to be a Garbage Friends whitelist link.

Over the past few years, ZachXBT has established himself as a reputable independent blockchain investigator and exposed numerous instances of criminal activity in the industry.

Christophe Durand, the deputy head of France’s national cyber unit, even acknowledged ZachXBT’s efforts earlier this month for aiding authorities in locating five people accused of using phishing to steal NFTs valued at $2.5 million.

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