Seth Green’s upcoming television show is in trouble after losing some of his NFTs to a phishing scam. Green wasn’t the only Bored Apes owner to lose NFTs from a recent phishing scheme on Instagram however, the scam perhaps hit Green hardest as one of his of stolen NFTs – Bored Ape #8398 – was all set to star in his upcoming television series as a bartender named Fred.
Unfortunately, Fred has since been sold to another user, meaning Green no longer has the rights to his main character.
What Is Bored Apes?
Bored Apes Yacht Club is a well-known NFT collection popular among celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon, Post Malone and Eminem. The Bored Apes metaverse, Otherside, launched in late April, while the ApeCoin token was announced a month prior. The Otherside metaverse recently sold digital land plots netting roughly $320 million.
“[I] have spent the last several months developing and exploiting the IP to make it into the star of this show,” Green explained. “Then days before — his name is Fred, by the way — days before he’s set to make his world debut, he’s literally kidnapped.”
Aside from Fred, Green also lost two Mutant Apes and a Doodle to the scammer. Seth spoke up about the theft on Twitter, asking that no one buy the stolen NFTs while he attempts to resolve the issue. However, Fred was purchased by Twitter user DarkWing84. Currently, it’s unknown whether DarkWing84 knew the NFT was stolen when he made the purchase.
Unless Green can reclaim his stolen NFTs, he won’t be able to release his television show. Thus, he has been reaching out to DarkWing84 in an attempt to reclaim his NFT. As of now, however, Fred is still in DarkWing84’s possession.
The OpenSea NFT marketplace responded to the NFT phishing scam by displaying a suspicious activity warning over stolen NFTs. However, the platform isn’t restricting purchases of stolen assets.