Is "Invitation to Participate in Instagram Research Study" a Scam?

Instagram users, be aware of "Invitation to Participate in Instagram Research Study" email surveys similar to the one below that are being sent by scammers. This is because Instagram occasionally sends out similar surveys, it is hard to tell which ones are legitimate and which ones are being sent by online scammers or cybercriminals. Some online users will tell you that once an email came from a Instagram.com email address it is safe to assume the email is legitimate. But, that is not true, simply because email addresses can be spoofed, meaning, cybercriminals can make an email message appear as if it came from Instagram although it was sent by them. Therefore, the "From" or the sender's address of an email message should never be used to determine if it is 100% legitimate or not.

Is Invitation to Participate in Instagram Research Study a Scam?
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The "Invitation to Participate in Instagram Research Study" Email

From: Instagram User Experience Research - research@mail.instagram.com

Date: Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 4:17 PM

Subject: Invitation to Participate in Instagram Research Study

Hello,

Instagram is holding a series of 45-minute research sessions on Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th. This study will be held remotely so you can participate from wherever using your mobile device. We want to learn more about how people use Instagram and how we can make it a better experience.

As a token of our appreciation, if you participate in a study session, you'll receive a $75 Instagram Research e-Reward redeemable for e-gift cards through PerksWW.

If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a brief survey. Available times are located in the survey. If you are selected for the study, you will receive a follow-up call or email with more details.

Please don't hesitate to reply with any questions, thanks!

Kimi Kogachi | Instagram Research

The survey that the link in the above email takes you to, asks a lot questions that Instagram would have already know, therefore, I would not trust the survey. But, if I get I more information about the survey, I will update this article or post it in the comment section low.

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