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PHISHING – Instagram Users Targeted via Fake Infringement Notices

by Brett M. Christensen

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According to Internet security firm Kaspersky,  scammers are targeting popular Instagram accounts by sending fake copyright infringement notices.

The fake messages, which purport to be from the Instagram support team, claim that your account is set to be suspended because you have “violated the copyright laws”.

They warn that your account will be deleted within 24 hours. But, claim the messages, if you think that Instagram has made a mistake, you can click a link to verify and secure your account.

Clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that asks you to enter your Instagram login details as part of the supposed verification process. The fake site also asks for your email address and email account password.

At the end of the process, you will be redirected to the real Instagram website.  Criminals can then hijack your Instagram and email accounts and use them to distribute spam and scam messages in your name. Or they may demand that you pay them a fee to recover access to your accounts.

If you receive one of these messages, do not click on it. Always access Instagram via the official app or by entering the address into your browser’s address bar.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,