Instagram users are reporting a new scam on the app. Reportedly, they have been getting messages from random Instagram accounts claiming to have edited their images “for hours.” The scam is targeted at everyone, and if you’re a photographer, pay special attention.
We’ve all seen or been involved in different kinds of scams. Reddit user snarko7 draws our attention to a collaboration offer targeted at photographers that may be one of them. Although it will cost you only $14 if you fall for it, there’s a lesson behind it. It will help you if anything similar happens to you, with more money involved.
While checking my emails this morning, I saw an email from Instagram telling me they’re sorry to hear I was having trouble logging in. The address from which the email was sent seemed legit, and so did the body of the message. But the thing is – I didn’t have trouble logging in. So, instead of clicking on the link provided, I did a little research. It turns out that there has been a highly believable phishing scam going around. With this article, I want to help you recognize it and not fall for it.
A couple of photographers from Alamosa, Colorado recently bought the most expensive empty boxes ever. The couple ordered a brand new Sony Alpha A1 from Amazon, paid over $7,000 and waited two months for the package to arrive. And when it finally did – there was nothing but empty camera boxes.
A man recently ordered a DJI FPV drone to be delivered to his home. This wouldn’t be anything unusual if, instead of the drone, he didn’t receive a box with a brick inside.
This sort of thing seems to pop up quite regularly. Optics that defy the laws of physics that you can attach to your phone to make it better than a DSLR. And, bonus, it only costs $48! This time, it’s the StarScope Monocular, which makes some pretty bold and ridiculous claims, as you can see in this video from Computer Clan.
Such companies prey on the inexperience of those who don’t know any better. To anybody who actually understands cameras, lenses and a bit of physics, such “lenses” could never do 99% of the things they claim they can in the real world.
In November last year, we shared a Kickstarter campaign for a battery many of us would found useful. The X-Tra battery offered longer shooting time with a smaller, lighter battery, and the campaign was funded in no time. However, Canon Rumors recently came to the conclusion that the campaign might have been a scam.
If only people were creative in creating art as they are in coming up with scams. Photographer Jay P Morgan recently became a target of a scam that could make less experienced among you believe it was legit. But to stop you from being taken by it, Jay P shares his story and his recent experience. He’ll give you some tips and tell you some of the red flags to look for if you happen to get a similar offer.
Along with online shopping getting more popular than ever, it seems that online scammers are also getting more widespread. Photographer Scott Kelby nearly had his $1,450 Canon EOS-R stolen due to an online scam. So, he shared his story as a cautionary tale to help you avoid these kinds of frauds.
There’s a new phishing scam going around, targeting Adobe users, according to a report from TechRadar. It involves sending an email from the “Adobe Cloud” service informing them that they have files available to download. Only you don’t. “Adobe Cloud” isn’t a real thing. And nor is the email or the website it sends you to.
By all accounts, the email appears to look completely genuine on first glance, complete with real looking URLs. But they say that the next stage of the attack prompts you to “Access Your Secured Document”, which then presents you with a login page for Microsoft Office 365, Google or their email account. And if you fill in your details, well… you know what happens next.