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Scam alert: Do not click that Instagram “gift” message; users risk getting their accounts hacked

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Singapore – With all the ongoing scams attracting victims to click a random website, members of the public are urged to refrain from tapping on suspicious-looking links, even though “it took the sender a few hours to make.”

Instagram users are getting conned and having their accounts hacked simply by clicking a link in the form of a gift.

The message reads, “This took me 3 hours to make. I hope you like it, Look: (insert link).”

At first glance, the message looks like a gift by another Instagram user who edited some photos for the recipient and asked them to check it out.

However, once that attached link is clicked, scammers can quickly gain access to the user’s account and then use that account to send the same message to other followers, making it appear more personal.

There are no gifts involved. Instead, the hackers access the account’s password even though the user wasn’t prompted to input the details.

A Straits…

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