How the Scam Works?
The "We Pick Pics Instagram" scam works by sending potential victims a Direct Message(DM) on Instagram and ask them to click the line within it. The DM claims that the sender have spent around 4 hours editing the potential victims' photos so that they could be included on a super exclusive website. But, clicking on the link will take potential victims to a fake and phishing Instagram website that steals account credentials.
On the fake website, visitors will be asked to signin with their Instagram credentials, but if they attempt to do so, their credentials will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam.
Once the cybercriminals have received the stolen credentials, they will use it to hijack their victims' Instagram accounts and use the hijacked accounts to sent the '3 of Your Pictures and 4 Hours of My Time' scam to their victims' friends.
The 'We Pick Pics Instagram' Scam
- "amazing, they just choose your pics"
- "look they are right at the top!"
- "Your pictures were selected, you are among the top choices!"
What if You Clicked on the Link?
If you click the link in the scam, but didn't attempt to sign into the fake or phishing website that you were taken to, you have nothing to worry about.
But, if you clicked the link and attempted to sign into the website you were taken to, then your Instagram account may have gotten hijacked and used fraudulently. This may result in your Instagram account getting suspended. Therefore, change or reset your Instagram password as soon as possible.
Change or Reset Your Instagram Password
Go to the following link for information on how to change your password:
If your account is already hijacked, go to the following link for information on how to recover it:
What If You Have Received the Scam
If you have received the scam from a friend or a family member, then chances are they received it from someone else and their Instagram accounts have been hijacked. Therefore, contact the users whose accounts sent the scam to you and let them know their accounts have been hijacked or hacked. And, send the link to this article to inform them about the scam and help them recover their accounts.
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