It’s a hard rock life for one crypto user. A clumsy keystroke and the actions of a sniper bot caused a million-dollar mistake on March 10.
A rock valued at 444 ether (ETH), or $1.2 million, sold for 444 Wei ($0.0012) to a bot as the seller, DinoDealer confused WEI and ETH. In a tweet, the seller said “in one click my entire net worth of ~$1 million dollars, gone.”
How’s your week?
Mine? I just erroneously listed @etherrock #44 for 444 wei instead of 444 eth♂️
Bot sniped it in the same block and trying to flip for 234 eth
In one click my entire net worth of ~$1 million dollars, gone
Is there any hope?
Am I GMI?
Can snipers show mercy? pic.twitter.com/yq9Itb2Ukb
— Rock dust (@dino_dealer) March 10, 2022
The “bot sniped” refers to bot snipers, which initially came into usage on auction site eBay. Buyers looking to time their bid to the last second would use the tools, however, they are now prolific on NFT listings. The popular freelance website Upwork now lists bot sniping tools for the NFT platform OpenSea from as little as $200.
Once the bot snaps up the NFT or digital receipt, there’s no going back. Blockchains are constructed to be immutable so simple mistakes, such as confusing ETH and WEI, can be extremely costly.
Indeed, human error abounds in the crypto world. An unfortunate Bitcoin (BTC) user recently lost $10,000 (0.25 BTC) in a mistake that could have been avoided had they double-checked the receiver wallet address.
The seller, DinoDealer, seems to have come to terms with the loss, publicly sharing the address of the rock’s bot snipe. They made light of the situation by uploading a new Twitter profile picture and adding a crying emoji after their Twitter handle. Their avatar stands next to the precious rock, crossed out in red.
DinoDealer’s new Twitter picture with sad rocks and cancelled rocks in the background. Source: Twitter
More jokes came from DinoDealer’s futile attempt to reach out to the “crypto customer service.” Their attempts to speak to members of the crypto community were…