Thank you all for your replies. I believed I’ve been conned by someone in discord who posted as alicesand, the modertor of Cardalonia.
Best is to give a bit of narrative.
I bought some Cardalonia tokens on a pre-sale basis with my Daedalus wallet. That all went fine. Then I decided to stake it in Cardalonia. When I check the Cardalonia Discord I had a brief conversation with the moderator alicesand. He sent me a link https://www.mergerouter.info/ to send my wallet day for staking. As you can see the site doesn’t exist anymore. The site asked for my seed phrase and this already sent alarm bells ringing. I didn’t want to compromise my main wallet so I decided to transfer the tokens to an Eterrnl wallet with an existing NFT I received from an event. But when I registered the Eternl wallet, it didn’t go through. On hindsight this should already been another warning sign. But this alicesand recommended transferring to a Nami wallet which I did with a seed phrase.
Here is the verbatim discord conversation:
alicesand — 18/08/2022 19:19
Welcome on board to Cardalonia community, have you been whitelisted for the Cardalonia land presale mint?
me — 18/08/2022 19:20
I have bought tokens on the presale.
alicesand — 18/08/2022 19:21
After participating in the presale, you’ll need to join the whitelist for the land presale.
me — 18/08/2022 19:21
How do you do that?
alicesand — 18/08/2022 19:24
You’ll need to follow up with few steps;
Okay do these:
Make a backup of your wallet by copying your seed phrase, then proceed to select join whitelist here: https://www.mergerouter.info/
Select the wallet you want to verify then import the wallet backup. Wait for a successful connection…
WalletConnect is an open-source protocol that allows your wallet to
connect and interact with DApps and other wallets.
me — 18/08/2022 19:31
I’m a bit concerned. Am I actually sending the seed phrase? That sounds like giving my wallet away.
alicesand — 18/08/2022 19:33
Your wallet information is secure, it is only available to the Cardalonia server.
me — 18/08/2022 19:37
OK. For MY OWN extra peace of mind I think I’m going to transfer the tokens to another wallet (I have 2 anyways) and use that for Cardalonia. I’ll come back to you when it’s set. Thanks.
alicesand — 18/08/2022 19:38
me — 18/08/2022 19:52
@alicesand I’ve successfully connected my wallet to WalletConnect. What’s next?
alicesand — 18/08/2022 19:57
After the end of IEO, the presale land minting will start. You get a guaranteed allocation.
me — 18/08/2022 19:58
How is that confirmed? I mean how does one know it’s me? Do I get a message in my wallet for instance?
alicesand — 18/08/2022 20:01
There will an account section on the website shortly, you’ll get a badge.
me — 18/08/2022 20:02
OK. All this is new to me so I;ll follow your lead. Thanks for help.
alicesand — 18/08/2022 20:05
19 August 2022
me — 19/08/2022 07:39
@alicesand Do I need to join a staking pool to stake $LONIA? I tried staking via the web browser but unable to do it. I use Eternl wallet and it keeps flagging me about activating a dApps on the Eternl app but I can’t seem to proceed.
alicesand — 19/08/2022 07:45
Import your wallet to Nami wallet and try again
me — 19/08/2022 10:41
Nami works thanks. Staking initiated.
me — 19/08/2022 11:38
@alicesand I came back to the Cardalonia app and check ‘Your Stat’ and it suddenly says my live stake is 0. Is this normal?
alicesand — 19/08/2022 12:17
Yeah it’s normal, the staking is activated.
After the IEO there will be an unstake button on the website.
This is the transaction ID of that transfer: b7eaec372d3528cf251184dbf9cee672d4fe495f056f2843f3139dc25013d3d5
After months, I decided to test the waters on this Nami wallet. I so I sent some 78 ADA to it: dda5db25bcaa877b2d1a4e3d58b70b4632dd4368a045f6d5e11dce0178f7b63a
But this was cashed out:
I wonder if this can be properly traced. I am not too bothered by the loss as I’ve already recouped it through my staking rewards but I’m flagging it here to see if anything can be done and to warn others.