Instagram giveaways have been pretty popular. However, I’ve recently noticed a scam related to these giveaways, aiming at both those who give products away and those who hope to get them. It looks like a phishing scam, and in this article, I’ll tell more about it and how to avoid it.
To all photographers out there, keep your eyes wide open and be skeptical to the max. Yet another job scam seems to have appeared, offering you a job to shoot real estate. But of course, there’s a catch, and you could lose your money in an instant if you misread the red flags and fall for it.
An LA man who pretended to be an Apple employee accessed 4,700 iCloud accounts and stole 620,000 photos. Along with his co-conspirators, he would search for nudes which he would then share with them. There were reportedly more than 300 victims, most of them being young women.
There’s a new, highly elaborate, and even well-paid scam going around on Instagram. Some users are reportedly taking advantage of Instagram’s anti-impersonation, suicide, and self-harm policy. For $60, they will pretend to be someone else, report them for impersonation, and then “help them get back on Instagram” for $4,000.
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.