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Rip-Off Alert: Fake Instagram accounts grab personal info

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Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 12/13/2013 3:56 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Scammers hit a popular photo sharing app. In this social media Rip-Off Alert, it's making Instagram users think twice about what they click on.

In this case, scammers are not taking over your account but businesses that may not have jumped to the photo sharing app.

How the scam works

Scammers pose as a legitimate company and say they're giving away a prize, if you follow their account.

Then victims receive messages asking them to click on links or share personal information.

By doing so, victims have given scammers access to what is held close.

A few ways to avoid the scam

Does the account actually have the word giveaway or free in its name? Scammers create free accounts -- similar to well-known companies -- but add the "reward" word to lure people in.

The account has no photos or uses only stock photos.

They ask for your password. Remember, no legitimate company will ask for your Instagram password.

Check the business yourself to verify the account.


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