There were multiple scammer accounts involved in the scheme, and one researcher has estimated that the scammers had made around $1 million from reselling the NFTs as of March 24. A similar hack had occurred several days earlier, in which a hacked verified account impersonated a BAYC founder and successfully stole three pricey Bored Apes from a collector.
Hacked verified Twitter accounts impersonate BAYC founders, scam $1 million with fake ApeCoin airdrop
Some scammers obtained hacked verified Twitter accounts, then rebranded them to claim to be founders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. They then tweeted about how their team's ApeCoin launch had been so successful, they'd decided to airdrop more tokens. Users who clicked the link and connected their wallets quickly discovered they'd been scammed when their high-value NFTs were transferred from their accounts, then flipped for resale. One victim of the scam said they'd lost $600,000, and tweeted: "@BhawanaCAN put out a tweet refering for more $ape available- I trusted the blue checkmark @twitter @jack now the ape and my gutter cat is gone - fuck you @BhawanaCAN". @BhawanaCAN, prior to the hack, was an account belonging to the former CEO of the Cricket Association of Nepal.