So, you receive an Instagram message from a friend expressing their dismay that you are number 38 on the Instagram Nasty List, clearly this is some kind of social media hell that you’ve landed in and something needs to be done! Actually, no, the “Nasty List” is a nasty new scam looking to steal your Instagram login credentials. The message is not really from your friend but from their compromised account. The “OMG your actually on here at 38” message will also include a link to the “Nasty Link”. The link takes you to a very real looking Instagram login page, the very observant will notice that the URL for the login is incorrect but those panicking about social media purgatory may not.
According to Risk IQ’s 2018 Q4 phishing report there was a 100% increase in social media phishing campaigns over the previous year.
NEVER CLICK ON THE LINK IN A MESSAGE/SMS/DM GETTING YOU TO LOG ON TO YOUR ACCOUNT- ALWAYS GO INDEPENDENTLY TO THE WEBSITE AND LOG ON IN THE NORMAL WAY TO FIND OUT IF THERE ARE ANY REAL ISSUES
Image Credit: The Nasty List
Tips and Advice
- Stay secure – Keep the 2-step authentication switched on with all your social media platforms
- How’s the grammar? – Fraudsters’ messages are certainly showing signs of better grammar but a lot of them are still quite poor and its an obvious sign of a fake
- Instagram never ask for – credentials, the only place social networks ask for them is in secure login pages
- What to do if you have already clicked – If you can still access your account, ie the fraudster hasn’t changed your password etc. then go to Settings, then Privacy & Security, the Password, and change it to a new password. If you can’t get in them, then you need to follow the Instagram procedure here
- Report it – If you receive a fake Instagram email or need help from them use this link
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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