Animoca Brands warns that fraudulent “ANIMOCA” token is not associated with the company
13 September 2021 -- HONG KONG -- Animoca Brands today issued a scam alert about a new ERC-20 token on Uniswap V2 that fraudulently claims to be from Animoca Brands, with the symbol “ANIMOCA”. Animoca Brands wishes to make it clear that this fraudulent token has no connection to the company.
Additionally, the company wishes to emphasize that Animoca Brands and its operated projects will never directly reach out to individuals to arrange sales of tokens (refer to screenshots below).
The Etherscan entry of the fraudulent token may be viewed at https://etherscan.io/token/0x7cd9697d5390a0b04479deed5ec3735c8eeec548. The token name indicated in the smart contract is “Animoca Brands” and the symbol is “ANIMOCA”. These details are entirely fraudulent.
The Etherscan entry for the cryptowallet of the owner and perpetrator of this scam is:
The scammers have set up a fake Telegram channel at https://t.me/AnimocaBrands_official, operated by a user with the Telegram handle “@Group_Administrat0r”. This channel is not associated with Animoca Brands. We have reported these facts to Telegram.
The scam’s modus operandi is to request users who are interested in the fraudulent “token sale” to initiate a private Telegram chat with the group admin. In the private chat, the scammer pressures users to take part in the fake sale by sending funds to the following Ethereum wallet address:
By purporting to be connected to Animoca Brands, the persons associated with the fraudulent token are attempting to mislead and defraud the public through the theft of the business identity of Animoca Brands and the hijacking of its brand and reputation.
We strongly urge the public to stay away from this fraudulent token and any related activities, including social media and messaging apps. Do not interact with this token or the scammers behind it in any manner, and if you have already received or bought some of these tokens, then consider switching to a new wallet immediately in order to reduce your risk of being targeted in future scams.
Animoca Brands’ legitimate products and activities may be viewed on the company’s website at www.animocabrands.com and specific activities such as sales are usually announced on its announcement page. If in doubt, please write to email@example.com.
Below are a series of screenshots of a chat session with the Telegram fraudster @Group_Administrat0r, in which he/she falsely claims to be an “official of Animoca Brands” and solicits payment to an anonymous wallet.
Please email any information you have about this scam and its operators, or any other suspected scam, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animoca Brands is considering taking all necessary actions against the operators of the fake token for copyright infringement, impersonation, and misrepresentation, and against organizations and individuals that enable the fraudulent token to perpetuate its fraudulent claims.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification. Animoca Brands develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Formula 1®, Marvel, WWE, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Doraemon. Animoca Brands’ portfolio of blockchain investments and partnerships includes Sky Mavis (Axie Infinity), Dapper Labs (CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot), OpenSea, Harmony, Bitski, and Alien Worlds. Its subsidiaries include The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, Gamee, nWay, Pixowl, and Lympo. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or get updates by following Animoca Brands on Facebook or Twitter.
Animoca Brands global contact: email@example.com