Instagram Scams

5 Instagram Scams Everyone Should Avoid

It’s time to expose the Instagram scams. As you probably know, Instagram is the latest in social networking trends. People can share pictures with captions of whatever it is they are doing at the moment. Unfortunately, with its overnight explosion along came tons of scammers taking advantage of its millions of users. Feel free to report names yourself in the Comments section at the end.

Besides the well-known scams referring to the Instagram LotteryInstagram Copyright, or how to become an Instagram model, there are five different traps on the platform that everyone should know about:

Scenario 1: Investing on Instagram or the Money Flipping Scheme

(with video) In this variation, the scammers approach Instagramers with proposals of making money online, using the term ‘Money flipping‘. Alternatively, they use the term ‘investment’ with a 24-hour return. It is the subject of many Cash App scams.

Watch the video below to see this sneaky scam exposed:

Instagram Scam Exposed In The News Video

 

Scenario 2: Suspicious Activity on Your Account

Watch the video below to see the Suspicious Activity On Your Account Scam exposed (it starts at 2’27):

Suspicious Activity on Your Account Video

This trick comes as a private message in your Instagram inbox. It reads: “Hello, we are messaging you due to suspicious activity on your account. Log below to confirm you are the account owner or your account will be deactivated in the next 48 hours.

Any changes made to your accounts such as username, password, email, or phone number change will result in your account being locked for security purposes”.

A link is provided to log into your account (www.instagram.com/verification), but is very deceiving. Look at the image below and notice the trick:

instagram message suspicious activity

 

The second ‘a’ in ‘Instagram’ is an actual alpha symbol, not the letter ‘a’. As very few people notice that without the arrow, many logins into a fake Instagram account, giving scammers access to their credentials, and many times, personal information.


 

Scenario 3: Free Stuff On Instagram

Basically a phishing scam, fake accounts are being created that resemble those of major brand stores and restaurants. Some examples are Jet Blue, Ray-Ban, Best Buy, Chipotle, Delta, American Airlines, WestJet, Lulu Lemon, Southwest Airlines, Apple, British Airways, Nike, JB Hi-Fi, etc.

These fake accounts offer coupons, flights, or deals in exchange for likes, shares, follows and comments containing your email address so that you can claim your freebies and “giveaways”. Of course, you receive nothing and you have now given away your personal identification to the scammers.

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The difference between this scam and typical run of the mill phishing scams is the level of sophistication of the communications. The scammers make sure the URL is close to the brand name URL, fooling many people into believing it is a legitimate offer. They also use real offers ran previously by the company to further enforce the belief that they are the real thing.

On the same token, beware not only of the ‘free stuff’, but the ridiculously discounted one as well, see below.

instagram rayban offer

 

Scenario 4: Instagram Deleting Accounts

Crooks claim to be employees from the Instagram headquarters and inform you that they’ll close your account if you don’t share a certain picture and tag an account. The text reads: “Instagram is currently having some technical difficulties, so your account may get deleted. In order to avoid this, repost this picture and tag @donotdeletemyig. Thank you for your patience – Instagram staff (or Council).”

In the Instagram Deletes Accounts Scam, tricksters were just very creative and fooled around, trying to get exposure for their account by getting as many users as possible to tag their handle. Do not tag any account in any picture, it’s just a scam.

Scenario 5: Scholarships On Instagram

(with video) This variation of the scam comes as educational support for young students. Crooks present scholarship opportunities, such as the ‘Solomon Jackson Fund‘. Watch the video below to see this scam exposed.

Instagram Scholarship Scam Exposed Video

 

One last type of Instagram scams these days come as an economic stimulus due to the COVID-19 crisis, where users receive messages featuring a fake list with Government grants (in the US, UK, and Australia) or a Canada Emergency Response Benefit check. Last but not least, beware of the PayPal Money Adder Scam and the Civil Service Exam message going around on Instagram, as well.

 

How To Avoid The Instagram Scams:

The only real line of defense is the same for this scam as every other “something for nothing” phishing scam. Make sure to contact the company and verify the offer’s legitimacy.

Most larger corporations have entire departments dedicated to handling the influx of requests for these special offers; don’t ever feel like you are bothering an employee by making a verification. It is well worth your time to protect your personal identification. Also, if you use reloadable cards such as MoneyPak, Green Dot, Vanilla Reload, or Ukash – never give the account numbers to anyone.

If you really are into redeeming free stuff online, use only legitimate companies. One of the most trustworthy services out there is Swagbucks.com, which is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos or play games. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It takes a minute to register, but the rewards are great. You can register for free HERE.

 

How To Report The Instagram Scams:

Make your family and friends aware of these Instagram scams by sharing the article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Instagram Help Centre using the link below:

Report To Instagram Here

Report to the FTC Here

 

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bailey

my Instagram is adding followers.. I had 15k & it says I have 67k now?

Meg

Hi,

Beware of instagram user; http://instagram.com/giggity_giggity_goo_alright

Her name is keyston taha . Address is Richardson Texas 75080, USA.

She will ask you to ship merchandise to her in exchange for sharing in social media, by sending email everyday to you asking to send and if you have sent out.

After receiving items, she does not do that. Do not send her items.

leslie

This information is true because they are people who are scamming each othee and saying instagram is gonna delete your account its a lie cuz they never delete it beaware of the people

hanuue

Bmclothes instagram account scammed me! She posts pics of cute stuff claiming to be selling it. If your interested she has you contact her on kik. Once you told her what you would like to buy she asks tht u send a pic before you send it. I did all this and within a day she blocked me on instagram and kik!

Miraille

The Lululemon scam is out right now!

shantel

BEWARE OF INSTAGRAM USER JONATHANWRIGHT_ SCAMMING PEOPLE WITH VANILLA RELOAD MONEY PACKS!!

MelB

Beware of buying iphones on Instagram even with PayPal they will still take your money and you will never hear from them again.

andy michel

instagram – _iphone6wholesale FAKE ACCOUNT DON’T BUY SCAMMED ME FOR MY MONEY! HELP ME REPORT HIM! TELL EVERYONE. His phone number is 1(847)312-8319

Beck

Beware of Instagram user Lavishlily1. She claims to work at American Express and can "add 0 in the system" to whatever you load or she claims to do legit loans. She post different pics on IG along with "testimonials" from her clients. She also claims to run different specials. She will send you a pic of the card that you "MUST" purchase and once she gets the money, she deletes and blocks you on IG. The phone number that she uses for her contact info is 315-658-1220. She will no longer respond once she gets paid.

babirose

Follow in instagram @blvck.avgel for 67k followers

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