Hand Holding Phone With Instagram
Home Scams ‘We Sent You a Mail That Must be Read’ Instagram Scam Email

‘We Sent You a Mail That Must be Read’ Instagram Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Image: © depositphotos.com/AllaSerebrina

According to this email, Instagram Support has “sent you a mail that must be read”.  The message urges you to click a link to view the “necessary details and instructions”.

Supposedly, the email is a  “mandatory mail service announcement to update you about important changes to your account” and was sent by the “Instagram team”.

However, the email is fraudulent it has no connection to Instagram.
If you click the link in the email, you will be taken to a scam website. The website may try to trick you into downloading and installing malware or divulging your Instagram login details and other sensitive personal information.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links that it contains.

Instagram has information about identifying and reporting fraudulent messages on its website.

A screenshot of the scam email:

Instagram Support Scam Email


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,