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How to handle malicious or unknown NFTs

This article provides information about handling unknown (or malicious) NFTs found or airdropped to your Ledger Live accounts.

Before you start

  • Make sure to update Ledger Live to the latest version via this link.

What do you mean by a "malicious or unknown NFT?"

Scam-related NFTs have become more and more prominent, especially on networks that have low transaction fees such as Polygon, Arbitrum, Optimism, and Base. There's currently no way to stop scam-related NFTs (or any other token) from being sent to wallet addresses on these networks. All crypto wallet addresses are publicly available information, and so any person can send tokens or NFTs to any account by looking up active wallets on a public block explorer. Rest assured that there is no inherent danger to having NFTs of this nature in your wallet, there is nothing they can do on their own to compromise your security.

The true danger with scam NFTs is when they successfully trick a user into following some link in their description that will lead to a malicious website. The site will then try to trick the user into signing a transaction that could lead to a loss of funds, or worse, it may even try to trick the user into entering their 24 word recovery phrase which would give the scammer full access to all of the user's accounts. Since there is no way to delete these NFTs from the blockchain, we advise users to do the following:

  • Don’t send or interact with unknown NFTs until you’ve fully researched if it's well-intentioned. Some have QR codes or other links: it is recommended to ignore them if you deem them malicious.
  • Hide the NFT in Ledger Live. Learn more here.
  • No need to worry, as long as they are hidden and not interacted with, there is no way for them to affect your crypto or other digital assets.
  • Some of these NFTs have been “airdropped” to users. Fraudsters might have you follow a malicious link and encourage you to link your wallet addresses to receive a “prize.” Always remember, if something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

Examples of malicious NFTs

This is how the scam NFTs appear in Ledger Live. They look like regular NFTs but in reality, all the NFTs shown here are either scams or malicious:LedgerLivebadnftFINALgif.gif

Here's an example of what these NFTs look like in the explorer:


How to hide an NFT

With the release of version 2.77.2, Ledger Live introduced an NFT filter designed to automatically conceal scam or dangerous NFTs within your NFT gallery under the 'Accounts' section. It's important to note, though, that transactions associated with these NFTs may still be visible in your transaction history within the 'Portfolio' section of Ledger Live and currently, these transactions cannot be hidden.

If your NFT gallery under the 'Accounts' section seems to have disappeared following an update to version 2.77.2 or later, this could be due to the gallery solely containing NFTs that are now classified as dangerous and consequently hidden. Should you find an NFT missing, we recommend checking it through the Zerion app, accessible in the 'Discover' section of Ledger Live.

  1. In Ledger Live, open the Accounts tab.
  2. Go to the account that has the NFT you want to hide.
  3. Scroll down until you see the NFT Collections section.
  4. Click See Gallery.
    A page with all of your NFTs opens.
  5. Find in the list of NFTs one that you want to hide.
  6. Click on  three dots on the right side of the NFT.
    A dropdown menu opens.
  7. Click Hide NFT Collection.
  8. Confirm that you want to Hide NFT Collection when a pop-up message appears.


That's it, you hid your NFT and you won't see it in your collection unless you unhide it.

How to unhide an NFT

  1. In Ledger Live, go to  Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts Tab.
  3. Find Hidden NFT Collections.
  4. On the right side click on the arrow  .
  5. In the dropdown, you will see all the hidden NFTs you have.
  6. Click on  icon.


You just unhid the NFT and you can see it again in your account.

We really encourage you to research all NFTs that appear in Ledger Live. While some of these could be legitimate, there is a possibility they could be fraudulent. Please see the above steps to learn how to hide them. You can always unhide the NFT if you want to see it again, so hiding it only masks the NFTs from being viewed in Ledger Live. Not sure if something is malicious or not? Feel free to reach out to our customer support team if you have further questions.

Next steps

Learn how to Manage NFTs in Ledger Live.

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