TLDR: An NFT project is trying to sell free email addresses they got from at.market as NFTs. They may also have committed fraud by running a bitcoin giveaway and giving the prize to themselves.
About at.market: It’s a website where you can register a custom email like firstname.lastname@example.org and forward all emails to your email address, for free. Like a second email address.
One day, somebody (who I’ll refer to as “they/their”) joined the at.market Discord server and asked me to turn my free service into an NFT collection.
I didn’t think much of it. To be clear, I wasn’t too enthusiastic about the idea of incorporating NFTs into my service. Locking all the email addresses behind a paywall would exclude 99% of the people that would otherwise be interested, so I’m not interested in directly monetizing the email part of the product. All of my focus is on a new update that would allow users to host websites on the equivalent subdomain of their email address (bobby.washe.re for email@example.com).
They and their friend had already been running an NFT project where they were intending to sell email addresses they registered on at.market (for free) as NFTs that they created. This came as an unpleasant surprise because the TOS explicitly bans NFTs and I had explicitly told them they couldn’t use the email addresses in this way.