According to CertiK, the fraudster used their pseudonym during a blockchain messaging debate, which may have disclosed their true identity.
CertiK, a blockchain security startup, thinks it has discovered the true identity of at least one scammer involved in the “Monkey Drainer” phishing scam.
Monkey Drainer is the alias of a phishing scammer(s) who utilizes smart contracts to steal NFTs using a technique known as “ice phishing.”
To date, the people or individuals behind the phishing scam have stolen millions of dollars in Ether (ETH) using fraudulent imitation nonfungible token (NFT) minting websites.
CertiK claimed in a blog post on Jan. 27 that it discovered on-chain chats between two fraudsters engaged in a recent $4.3 million Porsche NFT phishing scam and was able to connect one of them to a Telegram account selling the Monkey Drainer-style phishing kit.
One communication indicated a person calling themselves “Zentoh” and the person who took the monies “Kai.”
Zentoh appeared to be furious with Kai for not giving over a portion of the stolen monies. Zentoh’s telegram instructs Kai to deposit the ill-gotten earnings “at our address.”
CertiK determined that the shared wallet got $4.3 million in stolen cryptocurrency. The company further stated that the shared wallet had a “direct relationship” to “some of the most notorious Monkey Drainer scammer wallets.”
Zentoh disclosed in another post that the duo spoke over Telegram. CertiK discovered a perfect match for the alias on the messaging app and determined that it “runs a Telegram group that distributes phishing kits to fraudsters.”
Numerous more internet identities presumably tied to Zentoh were discovered, including one on GitHub that provided repositories for crypto drainer tools.
If the connections between the accounts are genuine, the identity of a French person residing in Russia is revealed.
Cointelegraph investigated accounts that may be linked to the individual and discovered public accounts that appeared to be interested in cryptocurrency. Cointelegraph contacted the individual but did not receive an instant answer.
Due to privacy concerns, Cointelegraph will not publish the person’s identity.
Unfortunately, cryptocurrency wallet-draining phishing schemes have recently been utilized to remarkable effect.
Kevin Rose, the co-founder of the Moonbirds NFT collection, was a victim of such fraud, which resulted in the theft of almost $1.1 million in personal NFTs.
The influencer known on Twitter as “NFT God’s” crypto wallet faced a similar fate after they downloaded malicious software from a Google Ad search result, with ETH and high-priced NFTs stole from the wallet.