On July 10, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed a four-count indictment against Soufiane Oulahyane for his involvement in a scheme to impersonate the OpenSea marketplace in order to gain unauthorized access to cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Oulahyane, who is currently in custody in Morocco for unrelated charges, is accused of stealing approximately $450,000 worth of cryptocurrency and NFTs.
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DOJ charges 25-year-old for stealing NFTs from OpenSea in a crypto heist. OpenSea NFT Theft
According to the US Department of Justice, Soufiane Oulahyane is accused of stealing $450,000 worth of cryptocurrency NFTs from a victim in Manhattan. Oulahyane allegedly used a scheme to "spoof" the login page to the OpenSea marketplace by creating a fake website that looked like the real one. He then used paid advertisements on a popular search engine to direct users to his fake website, where he tricked them into entering their login credentials or other private information. The NFTs sold by Oulahyane included pieces from popular series like "Bored Ape Yacht Club," "Meebit," "Bored Ape Kennel Club," and "CryptoDad." Oulahyane is facing charges of wire fraud, use of an unauthorized access device, affecting transactions with an access device to receive something of value equal to or greater than $1,000, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, 10 years for using an unauthorized access device, 15 years for affecting transactions with an access device, and two years for aggravated identity theft. The DOJ emphasizes that digital assets, such as cryptocurrency and NFTs, are not immune from cyber fraudsters. It is essential for users to exercise caution when dealing with digital assets and to take necessary security measures to protect their cryptocurrency wallets and NFTs from cyber criminals. DOJ charges 25-year-old for stealing NFTs from OpenSea in a crypto heist.
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