Hackers are trying to steal your Instagram accounts with fake copyright notices

Jun 29, 2020

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Hackers are trying to steal your Instagram accounts with fake copyright notices

Jun 29, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I believe most of us use Instagram, either for personal or business purposes. Therefore, I want to warn you that there seems to be a new phishing scam going around on Instagram at the moment. By sending fake copyright notices, hackers are trying to get your account details and hack your account.

Andy Day of FStoppers received the message himself, so he shared what it looks like. He received one from an account named The North Face Chile. The message reads as follows:

Hi Instagram User!

Copyright infringement ! A copyright violation has been detected in a post on your account. If you think copyright infringement is wrong, you should provide feedback. Otherwise, your account will be closed within 24 hours. You can give feedback from the link below. Thank you for your understanding.

Copyright Form;

https://instagramhelpnotice.com/

When you click on the link in the message, it will lead to a page that asks for your account details.

Now, at the first glance, the message may seem legit. However, read it with a bit more attention, and you’ll see the signs of a scam. Official messages from Instagram usually don’t contain exclamation marks. They will also never contain fragments such as “Copyright infringement !” along with bad punctuation. There is some bad grammar as well, which also helps you figure out the scam. However, for those who don’t speak good English, this may not play a major role.

There’s one more thing that you’ll often find in scams like this: a sense of urgency. The message urges you to solve the problem as soon as possible, giving you only 24 hours before “closing your account.” This could make people panic and act more promptly – and without carefully thinking it through.

The message comes from a verified, but private account, with 151k followers, 0 following and no profile photo. It seems kinda fishy when you visit their profile. Andy points out that it could be that North Face Chile’s official account was hacked, or someone made a new account and bought all those followers.

Either way, let this be a reminder to never panic and never act too fast if you receive a message like this. Always think it through and do a bit of a research. And if your English is good enough or you’re a native speaker – just read carefully, the signs are often in grammar and punctuation.

If you received a message like this, let us know in the comments.

[via FStoppers]

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10 responses to “Hackers are trying to steal your Instagram accounts with fake copyright notices”

  1. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Standard scam signs: no name for the addressed person. (Instagram will use the name you registered with the account), punctuation (exclamation mark), Drive of urgency and time limits, dubious link doesn’t match Instagram’s. It’s riddled with signs. Anyone with a worthwhile Instagram account are savvy enough to recognise the signs of a scam. Anyone who doesn’t is unlikely to have a worthwhile Instagram account.

  2. JustChristoph Avatar
    JustChristoph

    You’ve included what appears to be an active link to the scam website in this article at the bottom of Andy Day’s Instagram message.

  3. Leslie A. Spears Avatar
    Leslie A. Spears

    My account has been hacked. How can I get it back?

    1. Steven Avatar
      Steven

      I can help with that Laslie

      1. Belkys Ramalho Avatar
        Belkys Ramalho

        How could you help? Happened to my husband today and we didn’t clink on any link. Still not sure how they got the information.

  4. Steven Avatar
    Steven

    You should know with their grammar

  5. Chloe Taylor Avatar
    Chloe Taylor

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d901c9174cb814dbeaea20a57f9107233255d463bed1e0783884689e89ee3167.png

    I just received a message just like this today straight into my instagram DM’s not even in requests. I have 15k followers. The message came from the verified “facebook app” instagram page with 3.8M followers and all seemed very legit. I got as far as entering my username, luckily a different email than the one associated with my account and my password. I didn’t, however go as far as typing in the feedback form they gave, or providing my email password. I’ve since changed all passwords and removed any saved passwords from the email address I gave. And made sure two factor verification was on on EVERYTHING.
    Phishing scammers are getting WAY too good at this

  6. Starbitzychan Avatar
    Starbitzychan

    I received one! I didn’t do anything cause I am use to this type of behavior but I did research just in case. Thanks for this article!

  7. muna Avatar
    muna

    help me to hackers my friends instagram account without password……….

  8. alialialireza3 Avatar
    alialialireza3

    halkonbaharf