INSTAGRAM users are warned about a convincing scam that gives hackers access to your account.
Posts promising huge discounts on Ray Ban sunglasses are circulating around the social media app – but they’re a dangerous scam designed to grab your details.
If you’re a regular Instagram user, you might have spotted friends posting amazing Ray Ban deals.
A post making the rounds on Instagram promises to discount a pair of designer glasses by 90%, dropping the price from £199.90 to £17.65.
The message will direct you to a website, but it is actually a big scam.
The Ray Ban discount isn’t real and is almost certainly a “phishing” plot to steal your personal data – and Instagram login details.
The offer is obviously too good to be true, but it’s designed to be tempting enough to trick unwitting Instagram victims into typing in a dodgy web address.
And once your account is hacked, scammers can use your profile to spread the fraudulent post to even more people.
A London scam victim told The Sun: “A friend saw the post on my page and asked me why I was posting about Ray Ban sunglasses.
“Someone broke into my account and posted the photo.
“I had seen the same message appear on four other accounts that I also follow, so it’s obviously widespread.”
How to Avoid the Ray Ban Instagram Sunglasses Scam
Here’s what you need to do…
- First, if a social media promotion seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Do not click on any suspicious links on social media, especially for unrealistic offers on designer products
- If you got caught, you need to go to Instagram’s settings and log out of all your sessions.
- Then change your password to something fancy (that you don’t use anywhere else)
- Also set up two-factor authentication to have Instagram text you with a unique code to log in.
- This gives you an extra layer of security beyond just having a password
- And if a Ray Ban promotional message has been uploaded to your page, be sure to delete it to prevent your friends from getting scammed too
These types of phishing scams are not uncommon, as they are easy to execute and very effective.
Manually cracking an account can be difficult, which is why hackers often rely on you to trick you into handing over sensitive information yourself.
And high-end products offered at discounted prices are a good way for scammers to trick people into forgetting basic cybersecurity advice.
“This appears to be a continuation, or perhaps a resumption after a lull, of the long-standing abuse of compromised social media accounts to post fake advertisements or advertisements for counterfeit products,” said expert Nick FitzGerald. in cybersecurity at ESET.
“Over the years, we have seen Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other online platforms abused to post advertisements for various shoe brands (including Adidas and UGG), drugs and Ray Bans, among others.”
It is also possible that some of the accounts were purchased on the dark web and used to spread the fraudulent posts.
Speaking to The Sun, Comparitech.com privacy advocate Paul Bischoff said: “Looks like someone bought a bunch of hacked Instagram accounts from the dark web and used them to spread spam .”
We asked Instagram and Ray Ban for comment and will update this story with any response.
Instagram scam – expert advice
Here’s what Synopsys cyber expert Adam Brown told The Sun…
- “Best practice is to be very careful about anything you click or tap. Check the address of the link you are about to tap and that it only goes to a trusted/known address.
- “In this example, any address ending in ‘rayban.com’ would be genuine, assuming the site ‘rayban.com’ is secure, but ‘rayban.com.offer.tv’ for example would not.
- “In fact, a site like this would have nothing to do with Rayban and would be a travesty since the true location of the site would be ‘offer.tv’.
- “In a web address, the last part (the part with the dots and before the slashes) is the ultimate destination of the traffic, so be very clear about where you are and what information you are willing to disclose.
- “For example, ‘logging in’ to a fraudulent site like this leaves attackers with your credentials, even just accessing such a site may lead to unwanted checking of your browser or attempts to install malware. malicious apps.
- “Do not install apps from unknown locations or apps with dubious producers and of course remember that if it’s too good to be true, it more than likely is.”
You should also watch out for another Instagram scam doing the rounds: the “Nasty List”.
In other Instagram news, the app recently started allowing users to choose “close friends” – and it could cause huge arguments.
And photos on a “post limit” asking you to comment are a complete hoax.
Have you spotted any scam posts on Instagram lately? If so, let us know in the comments!
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