Your Social Media Accounts Are Always At Right!
If It Is Not From Strangers, It Is Account Takeovers, And Now From Account Blackmail!
This is an example of how stupid things really are at Mark Zuckerberg’s companies!
The Protection & Restoration Scam
You know how in the old days the mafia used to shatter a business’s storefront windows at night and then drive by later the next day and offer to repair them?
What a great scam!
There is a modern digital equivalent of this now on Instagram …
Instagram scammers exploit the Instagram security algorithms so that they can ban almost any account and then offer to help the account owner to recover it – for a cost
Here is how it works:
The Instagram scammers own verified accounts (often they are taken over) and once they are ready to attack a specific Instagram account they simply rename the verified account to the same name as the victim’s account. Very simple. Then they report the victim’s account to Instagram as if the victim is impersonating them.
A verified Instagram account is considered more trustworthy, so Instagram will ban the victim’s account.
Then the scammer will contact the victim and offer to help recover the account for thousands of dollars.
We constantly say that you may think you are done with scams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost., but scams will never be done with you!
New scams evolve at a fast pace and unless you are constantly learning, preparing, and defending – you will become a victim over and over.
This is just one example!