So I’m personally ashamed to admit this, but as a new person to Rarible (and generally new to NFT), I got scammed, as a combination of poor u/x and not enough research into how the site works.
There have been a bunch of fake Elon Musk accts popping up. I got suckered into buying one of this fake accts NFTs (twice by accident ):
As a new person to the site, I was checking out artists I really like, and then saw recent items added to their collection. I then saw the Elon Musk nft and thought hmmm he said he’s not going to sell it but maybe he didn’t announce anything? So I go to the page for that NFT and see that its been transfered to a lot of artists I admire. I assumed this meant they were purchased, So this seemed like a form of validation; I didn’t realize that they weren’t purchased. Then the number near the top says 410/420 - I thought this meant that there were only 10 editions left, not that this number is counting down (what kind of UX is that?)
So I click to purchase and it warns me that the acct isn’t verified, so I don’t actually press anything in metamask I just close it. I then go to the Elon Musk acct page and it has all these things that make it seem real. Again I feel stupid for being duped but that’s life.
In my fear of missing out, I then went back and bought the NFT. The confirmation page in metamask just showed the ETH for one purchase. However I go to my wallet later and see I have bought 2 of them. Now I’m about 1.6 eth down.
After a second of realization and digging around the site I realized that the other NFTs were gifted, and I’d been scammed.
Upon this realization I reported the profile and NFT to Rarible right away. Nearly a day later, no reply, and I’m sad to see that others have purchased this NFT too.
I was planning on minting some of my own creations on here, but this leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and makes me want to go to other sites which are more curated and have some semblance of customer service and better authentication/validation. Again I admit this was partially my fault, but it still sucks. How can this fake acct still be up and allowed to continue scamming others?