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'Nasty' Instagram scam steals login information

The "Nasty List" scam tricks users into giving up their passwords.

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Brian Shrader
, WRAL News

A fresh Instagram phishing scam made the rounds over the weekend, according a media reports.

The "Nasty List" scam begins with a private message from one of your followers, saying they spotted your name on a "nasty list." When you click the link to the Instagram account, the profile includes a link to the purported list.

The link takes you to a page that looks like an official Instagram login page, but it's a front for scammers to steal your login information. The victims report that the hackers then log in to their Instagram accounts and send the "Nasty List" phishing messages to their followers.

The best advice is to ignore the private messages, but if you clicked and entered your login information, you should change your password. Here's how:

  • Go to your Profile page
  • Tap the menu button
  • Select Settings
  • Select Privacy and Security
  • Select Password

You might also consider using Instagram's Two-Factor Authentication for extra security.

If you have been locked out of your account, you can report it to Instagram.


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