Social engineering is becoming increasingly common on Discord with fake accounts impersonating projects and notable figures in the space. Some of the most common types of this are:
1) Fake accounts pretending to be moderators or project leads. These accounts contact users about opportunities to get access to a “Free NFT” or “Stealth Mint” which usually involves some sort of link – which you should never click on!
2) Fake Accounts pretending to be a bot related to a project asking users to “verify” themselves through a link, typically impersonating Discord resident bot, Collab.Land.
3) Fake Account contacting users about certain projects that have started minting and inviting users to join through a “special link”.
These types of fake accounts are very common and if you’ve been involved in Web3 for a while, more often than not you would have experienced most of these crypto scams. The good news is, there are ways to distinguish a fake account from a real account.
The most prominent way to ensure your Metamask wallet security is to always communicate through the server. This way you can confirm that you are talking to the real account as you can check which roles they hold within the server. Another easy way to confirm if you are dealing with a fake account, especially with Collab.Land, is to check for verification.
As Collab.Land is a verified bot within Discord, you can notice almost immediately that the 4 unique digits on the fake account are different to that of the official account. Additionally, Collab.Land has a verified bot badge which makes the distinction between accounts clear.