Scam alert – is not Bored Ape Yacht Club, you’ve been warned

The meteoric success of Bored Ape Yacht Club has brought a lot of wonderful positive things to the world…and at the same time, some relatively creative scammers. As we’ve seen over the years, one of the ways scammers have been able to trick people into thinking they’re someone that they aren’t is with domain names. As you might imagine, the one and only Bored Ape Yacht Club can be found on, but like most brands they don’t own the matching domain across every extension out there, and scammers are now starting to buy up Trademark-infringing domains and use them to, well, scam people…

Yesterday on Discord I got the following DM, and as a domain investor, the first thing that caught my eye was the domain name… Scam

There are so many TM violations in this it’s crazy. First – you can see the scammer is using two different variants of the Bored Ape Yacht Club logo, and then they’re using a domain name that at first glance, might look like the real thing, but it’s not.

I’m guessing this scam is working on people and the scammers are probably having a field day. There are so many new people joining the NFT space, people that are both new to NFTs and new to Discord, and without looking too deeply into this, it could really look like a legit DM.

With a floor price of 14ETH or ~$43,000 – the excitement of getting a free ape is pretty darn enticing. I’m hoping that this post will save at least a few people the pain of getting scammed. Also remember, scams like this will keep coming, today it’s on a .CC, tomorrow it will be on a different extension. Be careful and in general ignore any DMs you get on Discord with amazing offers that seem too good to be true.

Be safe out there friends!

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  • Jeff Aikman August 14, 2021, 6:39 am

    I first learned about BAYC from Shane over at DSAD and have been following the crazy success. It’s amazing to me that people have created the great ape society, board ape pixel club, fashionable ape club and so many other blatant NFT ripoffs. I know these brands are saying they are not affiliated with BAYC and that they are parodies but it looks like a direct copy in many cases.

  • Rob August 15, 2021, 4:09 am

    Scam alert – will sell you an obscenely overpriced image of a primate. Buyer beware! will also sell you an obscenely overpriced and hyped image of a primate. Buyer beware!

    What’s the difference really? Ah, one is official hype, the other is not.


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