link to scam comment – [CoinMarketCap](
**as stated on etherscan, funds have been moved from the wallet, likely by scammer
I know I’m an idiot, a dumb teen falling for something so stupid, but it’s lesson learned, at at least losing $20 in ether wasnt the end of the world. main goal is to share this story for people unfamiliar with scams like this.
I’m taking a peek at the CoinMarketCap comment section, right under ADA. Just doing some general browsing, until I come across a comment that basically says “woohoo! I invested in a coin that mooned, celebrating by giving away my metamask account with $590 on it”, and the guy follows that with the seed phrase.
Intrigued, I entered the seed phrase into metamask to find an account with $130 in tether, and $118 in USDC. This seemed too good to be true, I tried to withdraw but of course you need ethereum on the account to pay the gas fees. And conveniently, there was zero ethereum. I sat there thinking about how this could possibly be a scam, I thought “hey maybe no one did a withdraw because there’s no ethereum and they don’t wanna deal with the troubles”, so I look at my KuCoin account and send over $20 in eth to pay the gas fees for tether.
The eth shows up, I quickly go to withdraw the tether, but as soon as I get to the confirm page, it says I don’t have enough eth to pay for gas fees. And to my semi surprise, the balance of eth went from my sent $20 back to zero.
Though it might be a bug, no way someone at that exact moment did withdraw. But a quick peek at[ etherscan.io]( shows that as soon as my funds arrived, they were immediately taken out, likely by a bot. In fact, I’m far from the first one. This account alone was used to scam $200 worth of eth from 6 different people.
Needless to say I’m sad, but at least the loss wasn’t too dramatic. i’m more sad about just giving the scammer free money. Wisdom is priceless I guess, I feel dumb for falling for that guys scam so easily, but I feel like this is a super next level scam from what I’ve seen. You literally gain access to that guys account, seeing all the funds there, thinking you’re a gas fee away from adding $250 in stable coins to your main trading platform
Is this scam new? If anyone wants the seedphrase to check out the account I can post it in the comments
edits (addressing comments)__
– this could be seen as similar to a Nigerian prince scam, however the difference is that i had full control of the wallet, and no one asked me for money. sending crypto for gas fees was my own “intuition”
– i wasn’t trying to steal, the guy posted his seed phrase as a giveaway in celebration for one of his investments mooning, as stated and linked in the post above.
– APOLOGIES if this isn’t sophisticated to you, it was brand new and seemed well thought out to me. intention wasn’t to disappoint