Popular Ethereum wallet MetaMaskhas warned of a newly emerging crypto scam.
Warning Against Address Poisoning Scam from MetaMask
MetaMask, the crypto community Address PoisoningHe shared a warning about a new type of scam called (Poisoning Address).
According to the post of crypto wallet MetaMask on Twitter; Address Poisoning, users wallet number is replaced by hacker’s wallet via virus. One of the highlights here is that wallet numbers are used in a similar way.
They use an address with the same first & last few characters as the real transaction you sent; in hopes you will not check the full address, and instead copy theirs in a future txn. (2/3) – More detail here: https://t.co/xGxNgRX4WM)
— MetaMask Support (@MetaMaskSupport) January 11, 2023
Address PoisoningThe so-called scam works like this:
After you send a normal transaction, the scammer ‘poisons’ the txn history by sending a $0 txn. Hackers are using an address with the same first and last few characters as the actual transaction you sent. They hope you won’t check the exact address and instead copy theirs in a future post. This causes unaware users to actually use the hacker’s wallet in the second transaction.
MetaMask‘s main anti-fraud advice is to double-check the full address or use the Address Book feature.