Fall for this fake ‘copyright notice’ and someone could steal your Instagram

There are only a handful of people in the world who don’t have a social media account. With almost one in every seven people logging into Facebook daily, cybercriminals value your accounts more than credit card details.

Hackers can take over various accounts and use them for nefarious purposes by obtaining your credentials through whatever means necessary. This ranges from spreading malware, launching phishing campaigns or simply hijacking your profile.

But hacking efforts have gone much further than guessing your password. Read on for details on the latest devious scam used to take over Instagram accounts.

Here’s the backstory

Scams on social media platforms aren’t new, but criminals are constantly evolving their methods to catch as many users off guard as they can. Last year a scam started making the rounds on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram.

Users started receiving mysterious direct messages from an account called “Copyright Help Center.” The message claimed that the account owner had violated some form of copyright. To correct the issue, a link was provided to appeal. Naturally, the link pointed to a scam website that attempted to steal login details.

After much media publicity, the scam quickly lost steam. But fast-forward a few months, and it seems that the same scam is popping…

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