Oct 16 , 2023
It's been a few days!!!!
That image is me- the smile of madness.
I have very recently been the victim of an elaborate scam/fraud - initiated on Instagram. Unbeknown to me, a real life friend had been hacked - and for a few days I was chatting with scammers, who I thought was my friend, who recommended another Insta user who buys and sells NFT's - yes, I know, instant concern - usually - but this was my friend/colleague, a fellow artist, someone I know, who recommended and had met the "broker", suffice to say I was taken in, and duped.
It was a very sophisticated con, using a very real looking fake website, all "fees" in US$ - which on todays exchange rate multiplies the financial damage to me by 1 1/2 times. Let's not go there. And looks like the money may not be recoverable.
Why am I telling you - to warn you. I do not know how, we, the general public, are meant to be able to see through such scams, in hind sight maybe I should have/could have phoned my friend to double check the details, but that never occurred to me as I thought the conversation was genuine. I did not perceive any hint of falseness in my friends Insta "voice". I suspect AI maybe have been programmed via access to her previous chat history, on how to respond, who knows, I am guessing.
Be careful out there in the cyber world.
I am siting here in shock.
This could happen to any one of you.
PS My website here is secure - I've had the web designer give it the once over. It's not compromised. If you want to buy my art - I suggest PayPal - its a very safe, trustworthy option.