Query: I received a message from a popular Instagram user that he will be giving me $50,000!!! He is giving all of his first 50k followers $50,000. But he will release the amount only when he reaches 50k followers.
Summary: This is one of the popular scams where the Instagram user sends such types of messages to gain more followers. Don’t trust them and stay away from them.
Are you an Instagram user? If you are you know how addictive the application is and how we all strive to gain as many followers as we can.
This thrust to gain more followers can make users do things that are not considered professional or ethical.
The scam that we are talking about today is about the same.
What is the intention behind the Instagram lottery scam?
The intention behind this scam is to gain more Instagram followers. Unfortunately, many people have started following this method to gain more followers.
While the intention is to gain followers, in doing so, they raise the hopes of many people and hurt them.
I know you’ll say that users must understand that this is a scam since almost all lottery offers are scams.
But let me assure you, the accounts have enough followers, and enough genuine photos to make the users believe that the account is legitimate.
Most of the times, the scammers use the names of people who have won huge lotteries in the past.
Now if you receive such an offer that an Instagram user named “X” is offering $50k in the lottery, the first thing you’ll do is search his name on Google. And since the scammer has used the name of a person who has won the lottery in the past, you’ll find the name easily on Google and now you know that the person is legitimate.
To make you believe that the account is legitimate, the user also posts personal photos of the lottery winner, photos of the lottery winner while accepting the lottery, etc.
All this is planned in such a way that you believe the account is legitimate and trust them.
How does Instagram lottery scam work?
Sending you a message about the lottery is the first step of the scam.
After you get the message, and you are manipulated to believe that it is true, you go ahead to follow the user.
But again, there is another condition, you also need to follow his backup account.
The backup account is private. Here is where the scam starts. You request to follow the user.
According to Instagram’s features, you can know how many people are following a user and how many people the user is following, but there is no way to know how many people have requested to follow the user.
The scammer takes advantage of this. You request, and then they don’t respond. After a while, you forget that you’ve requested some private account to follow them.
Like you, there are hundreds of thousands of users who have requested to follow the private account.
What scammer does is, wait for months. After some months, there are people in lakhs who have requested to follow the private account.
All he has to do is change the privacy of the private account to the public, and with this one click, all the requests that he had, convert into his followers.
Now the scammer has an account with maybe lakhs of followers. What is the scammer going to do with this account?
The scammer puts the account for sale.
Yes, the scammer sells the account for profits. Accounts with this much genuine followers are sold for thousands of dollars.
That is the main reason they scam you.
And, you follow hundreds of meme pages, how are you going to know after 6-7 months that there is a new meme page that you follow. (This is the same private account you followed but now has followers in lakhs and seems like a very popular meme page.)
How can you avoid this scam?
Simple: Don’t follow the private account. Trust me; no one is just going to distribute his wealth in free for increasing his followers.
Hope you understood what this scam is about.
Bye, stay safe digitally. 🙂