The “blue tick” is a coveted award on Instagram because it shows every visitor that they are dealing with a reputable, verified account. Because of this, it’s prime bait for a phishing attack. But now there’s a lot more at stake than just the Instagram account.
How does phishing with the “blue tick” work?
First you will receive what appears to be an English language email from Instagram telling you that your account has been reviewed and is eligible for a blue tick. The email contains a link to an official website.
- On this website you are offered one blue tick for the account to get as soon as her your account confirmed have.
- To do this, you must first Date of birth enter.
- Then they want yours Instagram username and password.
- After that you shall yours Confirm email account and you ask them about it E-mail address and the associated password ab.
- At the end you will be informed that the registration process has now started and you will soon receive your coveted hook.
With this method, the perpetrators can not only take over your Instagram account, they also have access to your email account. This is also necessary if they want to log into your Instagram account from Russia or Asia, for example, because then they may have to confirm access with a link in an e-mail for verification – and they can do that.
For example, if you use a Gmail account to log in to other services, you can now take them over as well. First they change password everywhere and then gradually they can steal your identity.
Here’s how to actually get the blue tick:
Detect & defend against Instagram phishing
- Instagram never comes up to you on its ownto offer you a “blue tick”.
- The links in the emails work not to instagram.com.
- Often the linked web pages not encrypted with https. You can see this in the browser by the symbol of an “open lock” in front of the address.
- Instagram would you never ask for your email account password. They don’t have that and therefore can’t check.
Hope you don’t fall for the scam. But if it does happen, you have to react quickly. Once you realize it’s a phishing attack, you must immediately log into your e-mail account and change the password there. At the same time, you prevent the criminals from being able to confirm a suspicious Instagram login.
Thereafter Log in to Instagram immediately and change your password there as well. You should then contact Instagram support and report the attack there. If you’ve already been banned from Instagram, you may be able to get the account back with the help of Instagram friends.
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