Instagram Ad Scam

One of the most popular social media apps, Instagram, has come to Highlights due to an AD Scam incident. Here this scam is making people lose huge amounts of money & data at one click. If you want to learn how to secure yourself from such attacks, read this article now!

Well, in this article, you will also read about a woman who has also been victimized in the same attack. Hope it will help you to recognize the hacker’s way. Moreover, one of the hints is that the people turn into victims after chasing the “earn extra money scheme via part-time jobs.”

Adversary traps victims by showing easy money. To build a connection, adversaries put some advanced money into the victims’ accounts to get more money out of the victim.

Now, one of those victims was from Manguluru (Software Professional), who dropped at the scheme after clicking on the Insta Ad. Let’s continue the story!

Instagram Ad Leads to Money Loss

A female software developer (Manguluru) got victimized in an Insta-based Ad scam that claimed easy earning.

  • The Ad shows “You Can Earn,” which caught her attention, and she messaged on a WhatsApp number (9899183689) provided by the scammers.
  • After this, she started conversing with the scammers on the Telegram ID “@khannika9912.” further, the scammers motivated her to download an app and promised her a 30% return after the victim invested some by her side.
  • To show trust, the victim initiated ₹7,000 via Google Pay to the offered UPI ID. As the deal, she got ₹9,100 in her A/c, which increased the victim’s trust in the adversary. Afterward, she got interested in the scammers’ scheme.
  • Having trust in the fraudster, she transferred ₹20k to the same UPI ID.
  • But, she was notified her A/c was blocked, which caused no funds received message.
  • Due to anonymous reasons, she paid another ₹10,50,525 just to clarify if she got victimized or not.
  • She told everything to the Police about the incident.
  • But why she transferred such a huge amount of money after her previous ones?
  • When she tried to transfer 20k, it got canceled and uncleared

The story’s moral is that nobody should ever have to experience this. Therefore, knowing what to do and what not to do is crucial.

Protect Yourself from Such Scams

Protecting yourself from scams like these is crucial. Here are five simple steps:

  1. Be Cautious: You should exercise caution if you receive strange-looking unsolicited emails or texts. Be skeptical when you approach them. Avoid responding to them in any manner.
  2. Avoid Clicking Links: Never click on links coming from untrusted sources. They might lead you to dangerous files or websites.
  3. Guard Personal Info.: Never divulge sensitive information to unknown callers, particularly if they are requesting it over the phone or text message.
  4. Verify Requests: Requests should always be authenticated, especially if they involve sensitive actions or data. When in doubt, contact the company or person directly through dependable methods to confirm the request’s validity.
  5. Act Promptly: Act quickly if you believe a fraud or phishing attempt has been made. Remove the message or end the call without saying anything, then notify the appropriate authorities.

It takes vigilance and a cautious response to unwanted offers to avoid falling victim to such scams. You may lessen your chance of being a victim of internet fraud by taking these precautions.

About The Author

Suraj Koli is a content specialist with expertise in Cybersecurity and B2B Domains. He has provided his skills for News4Hackers Blog and Craw Security. Moreover, he has written content for various sectors Business, Law, Food & Beverage, Entertainment, and many others. Koli established his center of the field in a very amazing scenario. Simply said, he started his career selling products, where he enhanced his skills in understanding the product and the point of view of clients from the customer’s perspective, which simplified his journey in the long run. It makes him an interesting personality among other writers. Currently, he is a regular writer at Craw Security.

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