What is an Instagram phishing scam? These are scams that target you to get your credentials which can later be used in inappropriate ways. You may lose money, a lot of it.
Recently there has been an upsurge in scams occurring on popular photo-sharing site, Instagram. There are also other common Instagram scams that are very common from past years.
Phishing scams mostly involve scammer sending you messages through the DM (direct message) on Instagram. Most of the time, the DMs that you receive come from accounts that seem legitimate, at least in the beginning. It may be very late sometimes until you realize it’s a scam.
I’m going to tell you how scammers are scamming Instagram users with only intention to get their personal credentials. Sometimes the messages you receive seem legitimate, sometimes they just try to take advantage of your fear.
Let’s have a look at them one by one.
Copyright Violation Scam
This is the most common scam that Instagram users have been witnessing lately.
What happens here is you receive a message from Instagram that a couple of your Instagram posts have violated a copyright of some other user.
The message clearly mentions that copyright infringement has been detected on your account and if you want to challenge it, you’ll have to fill in and submit a form. The link to the form is attached below the message.
The link will redirect you to some clone websites like Instagram where you are asked to fill in credentials like username, password, credit cards, etc. Since you are on mobile, the chances of you recognizing that the site is cloned or not legitimate are very less.
The account may or may not use the official Instagram logo so you are now sure that the message is from Instagram officials.
It is very important to remember that Instagram never sends DMs about copyright infringement’s. If the matter is very serious, it may send you an email, but it’ll never contact you through DM.
Also, the message never mentions who have filed copyright infringement.
In most cases, almost 95% of them, the owner whose copyright is being violated, directly contact you for content removal or credits.
How can you avoid copyright violation scam?
- Never ever ever click on any link you receive through DM’s.
- Never submit or send your personal information to such Instagram users.
- Delete the message that you received.
Malicious Activity on the Account Scam
This scam works the same way as the above scam. The only difference is you receive an email instead of DM.
The email says that some malicious activity has been detected on your account or someone tried logging in to your account or there is a new login from an unknown location.
When you receive such an email, of course, you are worried about the security of your account and assume your account is hacked.
The email also has a link with anchor, reset your Instagram password.
If you see clearly, you’ll notice that the email you received is not from Instagram. It is from a masked email address.
- This is just an email that has no relation to Instagram or your account. They send these emails in bulk.
- When you click on the link, you’re redirected to a clone Instagram website, where it’ll ask you to enter your personal credentials.
- If you know the process of password reset, you know that you’ve to first enter your old password. This is what the scammer wants.
- The instant you enter your current password to change the password after clicking on the link in that email, that data is received by the scammer.
- You’re shown a notice that your password has been successfully changed. Then you go to Instagram and realize that you are still logged in. This is when you know that you’ve been scammed.
- You try to change the password, but you’re then logged out of your own account and then cannot access it.
You’ll not be able to log in ever again because the scammer will then change the username and email id. You’ve now officially lost your Instagram account.
To stay safe from such scams, never ever click on any link you receive from new sources. You clicking the link is the start of the scam. If you just ignore the email, you’re safe.
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