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# TL;DR: IF SOMETHING IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT’S A SCAM. TREAT ANY EXTERNAL LINKS AS A SCAM OR PHISHING ATTEMPT. IF YOU HAVE TO PAY TO MINT ON OPENSEA, IT’S A SCAM.

So, it’s come to my attention that quite a few artists on Instagram and Facebook have been receiving messages from “seemingly legitimate” looking accounts saying that they want to buy their art for thousands of dollars. Any variation of this, regardless of the website or payment method, is a SCAM.

The most common variant involves the scammer contacting you, saying they want to buy your art, then directing you to a website that they own which can range from something that looks like a middle schooler made it in a “web development” class to full blown clones of OpenSea. These are not hard to make, which is why there have been so many of these scammers going around and stealing funds. After this, they will ask you to make an account on the website, and say that you need to “deposit a gas fee” in order to upload your art as an NFT. This is not how uploading NFTs works. Gas fees are not deposited anywhere, but burned when you make a transaction moving Ethereum or any token on the Ethereum blockchain. The scammers will then take the fee that you sent to the “gas fee wallet” and then block you, leaving you with $300-500 less than what you had before.

Another variant involves a scammer contacting you, going through the same steps before, but telling you to list it on OpenSea. They will send you a fake screenshot that says “the collection owner needs to send a maintenance fee in order to activate the collection,” and the address included in the screenshot will simply be another wallet owned by the scammer. They will take your money and block you.

When it comes to these scams, they can be avoided very easily. This is not meant to demean anyone, but do you really think some random person with **”NFT ART BUYER”** on their profile is going to message you of all people and offer you **THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS** for some jpegs? Obviously not.

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