Our National Nightmare Is Over: Seth Green’s Kidnapped Bored Ape NFT Has Come Home

After a dramatic month, comedian and actor Seth Green has finally seen the safe return of his NFT Bored Ape that was stolen during a phishing attack (thanks, Buzzfeed (opens in new tab)). According to Etherscan records, (opens in new tab) Green paid 165 Ether (about $300,000) in exchange for Bored Ape #8339, which the man who plays the Joker in Mass Effect refers to as “Fred Simian”. Take it?

Green took to Twitter in May to announce that “it was phishing and had 4 NFT stolen”. The Family Guy voice actor allegedly fell for a phishing scam that resulted in his OpenSea account being compromised and his NFTs stolen, though we can’t be sure the whole thing isn’t an elaborate marketing scheme for his upcoming show.

The scammer then sold Fred to someone named Mr Cheese (who also goes by DarkWing87) for nearly $200,000. Green tried to contact Mr. Cheese in May to retrieve his stolen Fred.

Cheese claimed he had no idea he was paying for the stolen property, as the NFT was not flagged as a suspect at the time. It looks like Green and Mr. Cheese reached an agreement even after Mr. Cheese told Buzzfeed that he had there are no plans to return it, but was willing to talk to Seth Green about it. It looks like they came up with almost $300,000 for Fred Simian’s return home, which is about $100,000 more than Mr. Cheese originally paid for by NFT.

Green’s Ape even has a “reported for suspicious activity” tag on its OpenSea listing (opens in new tab), which means that NFT can no longer be bought or sold. This is not the first time that OpenSea has been at the center of the bizarre Kerfuffles owned by NFT (opens in new tab).

Green stated that his monkey was kidnapped just days before revealing that he would be featured in his new animated series, called White House Tavern, along with other characters from his NFT collection. With NFT stolen, development of the show was reportedly put on hold, as Green could commercially adapt NFT because he no longer had it.

What does Fred’s return mean for Seth Green’s show? I think we’ll find out soon. The ordeal serves as a good reminder to be careful about opening strange links in emails and other messages, so your TV show star doesn’t open too.

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