An Update on the Verified by Civic Pass Program & the Big Daddy Ape Club NFT Project

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We care deeply about our community and the victims involved in the Big Daddy Ape Club (BDAC) rug pull. We believe in a safer, healthier NFT ecosystem, and we are taking action in areas where we believe we can make an impact.

The Verified by Civic Pass program is designed to verify the real-world identities of creators, so that they may build trust among their communities. The program is a free service that is just one piece of the trust and safety puzzle within the NFT space.

As a company that specializes in identity verification, we do not endorse projects in this program, nor do we perform due diligence on them beyond our identity verification services. Our program aims for the highest levels of accuracy. You can read more about the full details of our service here and here.

The identity of the individual who presented themselves as the founder of the BDAC project was verified through our program. We are working with law enforcement to assist in their investigation, but do not know how long their investigation will take. We’ve also been in touch with Solanart, TRM Labs and Solrarity.

Anyone around the world can file a tip to help further this case at https://www.ic3.gov/. We have been told by the authorities that evidence related to communication with the project creators (screenshots, etc.) is particularly useful. Likewise, the authorities have told us it’s also helpful if victims file complaints locally within their countries.

FAQ for the Verified by Civic Pass & Big Daddy Ape Club NFT Project

What does it mean to be Verified by Civic Pass?

Please note that the Verified by Civic Pass program is designed to verify the real-world identities of creators. We do not endorse or vouch for projects participating in our program, nor do we perform due diligence on them beyond our identity verification services. The program is a free service that is just one piece of the trust and safety puzzle within the NFT space. Please see service details here.

What is Civic doing for the victims of the rug pull?

The Verified by Civic Pass program is designed to verify the real-world identities of creators. The program is a free service intended to be one piece of the trust and safety puzzle for the NFT community. In this case, we’re working with law enforcement to assist in their investigation. Victims can file tips to help further this case at https://www.ic3.gov/.

How do I get verified for the Verified by Civic Pass program?

At this time, we’re pausing the Verified by Civic Pass program. We’ll be in touch with more information when we have an update to share.

Who were the individual(s) Civic verified in connection with BDAC?

We’re working with law enforcement to assist in their investigation but cannot share details at this time.