Arthur Madrid, co-founder and CEO of metaverse project The Sandbox, was the victim of a Twitter account hack on May 26, according to a post from Madrid that was apparently made after he recovered the account. The attacker allegedly used Madrid’s account to promote a fake “airdrop” phishing scam.
In Madrid’s post, he warned Sandbox users that they should “never click on any link that promote Airdrop or URL and look SCAMMY – and not 100% using our proper and unique URL/domain name : http://sandbox.game.”
My Twitter was hacked today. and now is back. Please never click on any link that promote Airdrop or URL and look SCAMMY – and not 100% using our proper and unique URL/domain name : https://t.co/X3rXN9z8z7
— Arthur Madrid (@arthurmadrid) May 26, 2023
Four hours before Madrid’s post, The Sandbox’s official Twitter account also warned that a scammer had taken control of the account and was promoting “a scam / phishing link for a fake airdrop of SAND tokens.”
The post included a screenshot of the alleged scam post, which advertised a SAND token airdrop and encouraged users to “check eligibility and claim on the site,” referring users to a website with a different URL than the official one.
The Sandbox team stated that they were “working on getting the site down and fix it ASAP.”
⚠️ Our CEO & Co-Founder Arthur Madrid’s Twitter account has been hacked ⚠️
The hacker is posting a scam / phishing link for a fake airdrop of SAND tokens.
⛔️Do NOT click on the link and instead report the post so it is blocked.
We’re working on getting the site down and fix… pic.twitter.com/sOqzAV5OUT
— The Sandbox (@TheSandboxGame) May 26, 2023
As of 8:26 pm UTC, the alleged scam site appears to have been taken down, as it now produces a 404 error.
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