Fakesters use LUNA 2.0 airdrops to target users

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Scammers are giving fresh Luna 2.0 to cryptocurrency CEOs and influencers’ addresses, according to PeckShield, a major blockchain security business, including Vitalik Buterin’s, Justin Sun’s, and the 3AC Foundation’s wallets.

According to the Ethereum block explorer, the Wrapped LUNA 2.0 contract address issued millions of the new tokens and delivered them to the official addresses of Vitalik Buterin, Three Arrows Capital, Justin Sun, and other influencers. Scammers were sending the wrapped tokens to a real Terra deployer as well as airdropping them to the listed addresses, according to PeckShield.

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Users were led to believe that the “Wrapped Luna 2.0” address was a legitimate Terra 2.0 token deployer, and that they must transfer their previous Luna tokens to those smart contract addresses by the exploiters.

Payments to well-known wallets, such as Justin Sun’s tagged addresses and the ENS address vitalik.eth, give the contract page credibility and attract regular users who will sell their worthless tokens for a new version.

Yet another LUNA scam

HODLers with the token (including staking derivatives) and fewer than 500k aUST (UST placed in Anchor) during the pre-attack snapshot period are eligible for the airdrop. The airdrop was also open to users who had LUNA and UST at the time of the post-attack snapshot.

Many decentralised platforms and exchanges previously resisted the upgrade either to regulatory worries or user reluctance to trade their old Luna tokens for the new one.

Terra’s co-founder, Do Kwon, proposed to “restart” the project without the UST stablecoin and a new token distribution when the UST and Terra tokens failed. Despite the fact that voting on Terra’s governance platform was successful, not all users are happy with Do Kwon’s decision and say that developers should focus on revitalising the current coin rather than creating a new one.

While some exchanges have refused to support the new Terra blockchain, many others have agreed to do so.

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