Bad scam on Instagram - techbuzzireland

There is no shortage of scams out there today and each day we see several hit the news, however one I got today was something new to me and very clever almost fell for it until i noticed some things happening in the thread then I rang the person in question and played the scammer along for the ride and things quickly slowed down. Yes I went further than I should have but my Instagram has 2FA but they still tried their hand however Instagram got in there before them which was a good move and good to see.

By the message thread you can see this person thought he had me roped in and was getting inpatient, Instagram has no service allowing your friend to help you out but these clowns thought they did, this was news though earlier this year stating they are testing such a feature buy way of letting you select two friends seen below is a sample of what we are talking about here.

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Leaning on your friend’s help to access your account

To help people who have lost access to their accounts, we’re testing a way for people to ask their friends to confirm their identity and regain access to their account. We will have more to share about this feature soon. THIS IS NOT YET A FEATURE>> BE VERY AWARE..

Below is the messages I had got from Facebook Instagram and the conversation I had after I thought something was not quite right here and made that phone call and the user was not aware either until the phone call then their phone started hopping messages.. They begin with stating they have a new phone, click on images to enlarge and have a read.

In turn what will happen here is you will get a message with a link and then you copy and past it back to the person on the Instagram account in their private message and here is where they will try login to your account, but after stringing this lad along today I began to throw up some logic by stating you do not live In Nigeria You do not have network issues and then when asked where do you live is where it all fell apart.

In short this could easily catch people out and perhaps not a good move for Instagram going forward just now anyway but it has been touted as a feature which has not been rolled out to users and a good attempt to try take over your account and you know what comes after that.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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