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JianHao Tan gives friend 'benefit of the doubt' after shared crypto wallet allegedly hacked, S$580,000 lost

Mothership logo Mothership 13/5/2022 Karen Lui
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On May 6, YouTuber JianHao Tan tweeted about how he had lost his non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrency, and "worst of all... a friend."

In the series of tweets, Tan also mentioned that he had been "betrayed" by the person.

While that may lead some to think that the friend has since made away with the assets, Tan clarified that it was not the case with Mothership.

In response to our queries, the 28-year-old CEO of Titan Digital Media said that his friend has agreed to pay him back privately, adding that "everything has been sorted out" on their end.

Tan elaborated that he does not blame his partner and they are "still good friends now".

What happened

Tan posted the following tweets on May 6, sharing about how he had "been betrayed by [his] partner," causing him to lose his NFTs and currencies.

For the uninitiated, BAYC is an acronym for Bored Ape Yacht Club, which is a NFT collection.

Examples of BAYC NFTs. Images via © Provided by Mothership Examples of BAYC NFTs. Images via

APE refers to ApeCoin, a cryptocurrency that has been linked to Yuga Labs, the creator of BAYC.

ETH refers to ether—a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.

Photo by Kanchanara on Unsplash. © Provided by Mothership Photo by Kanchanara on Unsplash.

Investigation underway

Speaking to Mothership, Tan said that he had entrusted some of his NFTs to a shared wallet with a partner.

"I never expected this to happen because it was someone whom I was quite close to," he added.

While Tan had experienced bad business partnerships in the past, he revealed that he was "particularly upset in this case" because it was his close friend, and he stopped replying to Tan.

Upon finding out more, his close friend was allegedly hacked, and he did not gamble the assets away, Tan said.

"Our total combined loss was 200 ETH when he got hacked," Tan revealed, but declined to share his portion.

For the record, 200 ETH is worth around S$580,000.

According to Tan, investigations are ongoing and Tan has decided to "give him the benefit of doubt for now".

Tan also said that the close friend agreed to pay him back privately.

The YouTuber reiterated that he does not blame his partner and they "are still good friends now," adding that "it's just an unfortunate incident."

Tan also addressed the tweets he posted:

"My tweets were to share with the community about my frustration of somehow always finding myself in situations where I trust the wrong things in the wrong hands. It was never to 'accuse' anyone."

You can see the rest of his tweets here:

Top images by @thejianhaotan and @debbwie on Instagram.

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