Just days after the 40th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s legendary bat bite, the metal rocker’s CryptoBatz NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have been targeted by scammers.

Osbourne’s collection of 9,666 unique digital bat models was created with studio NFT Sutter Systems. “CryptoBatz is a fucking mental project for NFT collectors and fans,” Osbourne previously said. “The design pays homage to one of my most iconic moments on stage and is a chance to acquire a rare piece of art history. I love it.”

Shortly after the tokens went on sale, a bad link was built by scammers to drain cryptocurrency supporters into their digital wallets. This scam was set up through a fake Discord server, and according to reports from The edge, approximately 1,330 limbs were reportedly affected.

One of the people affected by this scam was Tim Silman, a member of the non-profit workforce, and he estimates that he lost around $300-400. “I’ve seen at least a dozen people on Twitter expressing this same issue,” Silman said. The edge. “If you look at the transactions on Etherscan, others have lost a lot more than me.”

The co-founder of Sutter Systems, who goes by the name Jepeggi, also issued a statement to The edge about this incident. “While we are sorry to the people who have fallen prey to these scams, we cannot take responsibility for the actions of the scammers operating Discord – a platform over which we have absolutely no control,” Jepeggi said. . “In our opinion, this situation and hundreds of others that have happened in other projects in the NFT space could have been easily avoided if Discord had simply put in place a better response/support/fraud team to help big projects like ours.”

In response, Discord’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications said, “Our Trust & Safety team is in contact with the server owners and is investigating the incident,” said Peter Day, Senior Director of Corporate Communications. at Discord. “Our team takes action when we become aware of attacks like this, including banning users and shutting down servers.”

Osbourne has yet to personally comment on the matter.


Photo by Nitin Vadukul.

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