Several hours later, the project creator deleted her Twitter account, and crypto sleuth zachxbt unearthed evidence that the pixel art she had been selling as NFTs had been stolen from various others. Altogether, the "Pixel Penguins" NFT project she promoted raised around 63.5 ETH (~$117,000).
Wang later apologized for promoting the scam, claiming that he had tried to do due diligence but had been in contact with her for over a year, and had spoken on the phone with someone claiming to be her art teacher. However, zachxbt wrote, "Seems some people called it out last year. Not sure how much he actually 'verified'".