How do I protect myself from buying a fake NFT?

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Every day, users across various platforms become victims of scammers who take advantage of their unawareness and inattention. They distribute and sell fake NFTs, passing them off as original works. This article will help you make the right decision regarding the purchase of an NFT posted on our platform. 

 

1. Pay attention to the image quality.

If an NFT is original, the resolution of the image (or video) will be high. Fake NFTs commonly have poor image quality.

 

2. Check official project links.

Always use official project links when possible to avoid clicking on a counterfeit link or collection. 

 

3. Check the collection's verification status.

In addition, it is important to pay attention to the 'Collection' section — popular projects usually have a yellow tick next to the name of the collection and a larger number in the 'Volume' section.

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4. Check the item history.

Most of the original NFTs from the biggest collections are never created using the free minting function (these items aren't lazy-minted.) To check whether the work is minted or not, you can simply look at the item history. If the very first or the second entry in history (at the very bottom) is different from the 'Minted' sign (or if the history is completely empty), this NFT is not yet in the blockchain (it was created using free minting). 

Fake NFT: 

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Original NFT:

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5. Report suspicious pieces.

If you think that the creator of an NFT, profile or collection is a fraud, you can submit a report. In order to do this, look at this article: How do I report an NFT, user, or collection?

 

6. When in doubt, reach out.

If you have doubts or questions about the process of verifying the originality of the NFT, please reach out to the NFT community or contact us. Join our Discord here: https://discord.gg/rarible

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