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Instagram Scams

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How the scam works:

(with video below) Instagram is the latest in social networking trends. People can share pictures with captions of whatever it is they are doing at the moment. But with their overnight explosion comes the scammers trying to take advantage of Instagram users.

There are three variations of the Instagram Scam:

Scenario 1: Money Flipping (with video).

In this variation, scammers approach Instagramers with proposals of making money online, using the term 'Money flipping'. Watch the video below to see this scam exposed!

Instagram Scam Exposed In The News Video

Scenario 2: Free Stuff

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 Aiways, Nike, JB Hi-Fi, etc.

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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.

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.

Scenario 3: Scholarships (with video).

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

Instagram Scholarship Scam Exposed Video

How to avoid:

The only real line of defense is the same for this scam than 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.

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There are 19 comments

  • On Thursday, July 30, 2015, christina jefferies wrote:

    @uk_goods_ltd advertises goods for sale on instagram. Money is forwarded but goods not received. Refund ignored and then you are blocked to follow. Not good.

  • On Thursday, July 09, 2015, T Hansberry wrote:

    Just got scammed by Divonte Lawrence for 350.00. I wish I had put a security on it. I do still have all the text messages. Its a shame. I won't do it again.

  • On Saturday, June 06, 2015, Shirley wrote:

    I've won a contest that I am 95% sure is legit; however, to claim my won concert tickets I have to go to the concert and claim them with my ID at the door. Is this how this is done?
    I did enter an IG contest to win the tickets, and the info on the IG acct matches the info on the band's website. Plus they emailed me when I asked them these questions.
    Shirley

  • On Thursday, April 09, 2015, meireles wrote:

    watch out for this scammer! @supremekickz101

  • On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kevin wrote:

    Hey folks, just recently my friend got scammed on IG by legit_moneyflip, which is complete BS. He gave 1000.00 which was promised to be 10.000, like everyone has mentioned they add the "0" to the acct. and you give them a reference # an then you go pick it up an ur done. 30-45 min turned into 5 days for him an a lot of borrowed money from me. Talking thousands here( all together he got scammed for a lot of cash by some low lives). So yesterday I went on IG to see what he was talking about an too see if I can get into contact with them BC I wanted my cash back. Pretty much the same run ard but a different contact which went by the name on IG as jeffery_ando. I didn't want to go as big as my friend so went as low as possible 150.00, you make 1500.00 his cut 300.00, just to kinda mess with him I said I'll give him 400.00 of that. Sir there's a transaction fee of 300.00 an then I can release the cash to you, he also said 30-45 min at 12pm. I just asked for the 150 back and a lot ? After that. Where are you from? How old are you? What's your real name? Never responded to those questions, just a response of do you want this money or should I delete your act. From there I knew it was a scam but I just felt like getting these low life's caught for what they did. So I sent the 300.00 but I put a security ? On it. So I sent them the # but didn't tell him there was ? On it to get the money. I wanted to see if he wld give me the ref # back which I knew was fake 33456789 Cmon man. So he didn't get the 300.00 bc I wld give him the answer. So today as I woke up I have missed calls an txt from the same area which is Michigan. The agent had his friend call me acting like a tech guy saying he needs another 150.00 for the release of the 1500.00 bc there's a block on it an he needs to get paid for releasing those funds. Lol go get a job bro. Like I said I knew I was getting scammed but I wanted to know the whole process from finish to end. So I sent the 150.00 as I did before too the name of divonte Lawrence from Detroit MI, dumb tech guy ur sitting right next to the agent that I spoke too, I don't hear any typing or papers flipping when I was talking to him, the best part was he couldnt touch that cash bc again I put a security ? On it. He calls asks what the answer is. Young ghetto man I'm not giving you that answer, unless I see the cash 1st. I can't do it without the password. Sure thing low life. My man if ur a legit hacker you don't need me to tell you that... Not even 2 min later he calls and says lose my number u got played 3 times. I start laughing bc he has no clue I know it all was a scam. Folks these 4 guys got me for 600.00 and my buddy for 7000.00 I didn't go deep into his story but it was the same process but through Western Union an I went through MG bc I didn't want my info out there. On IG if you look at the hashtags below the BS an tap on them its people there asking to download friend an comments to enhance the chances of them making an easy scam an to intrigue you w quick money. Yes it was dumb of me to do this but I can tell you this I have a lot of info on this scam an a lot of txt from all 4 perps. If you know a cop or fraud agency that wants to take these low life's off the streets please tell them to contact me email, more then gladly to help you out. im not looking for my cash back, well maybe my buddy is lol but I want to know why people can get away with this on social media, it's absurd that IG an FB can be able to promote this. If you can't keep tabs on the well being of the people on ur site u shouldn't be up an running. Stay safe

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