Fake NFTs listed under verified collections on Magic Eden marketplace

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Magic Eden, as with many NFT marketplaces, has a verification layer that shows popular projects as "verified" to reduce the chances of people being tricked by NFTs with the same images and names that are not a part of the official collection. However, someone was able to list NFTs they had arbitrarily created on the Magic Eden marketplace in such a way that they appeared as though they were a part of a verified collection of "ABCs" NFTs. The issue also affected a handful of other collections, including the popular "y00ts" collection.

Magic Eden acknowledged the issue in a tweet, asking users to contact their support if they had bought any of the fake NFTs. Various users on Twitter had reported buying the spoofed NFTs, paying 20–50 SOL ($266–$666) for fake NFTs that appeared as though they were a part of a verified collection that usually sold for around 165 SOL ($2,200).

Clicking in to the NFT details showed that they were a part of a different collection that was not verified, but they appeared in listings among the verified NFTs, and were in some cases quickly purchased by collectors who thought they were taking advantage of a seller's mistake in listing the NFT.