Instagram scam

leahfraser21
leahfraser21 Posts: 4 Newbie
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edited 26 January 2022 at 5:17PM in Compers chat corner
Hi all I'm a newbie and just activated my Instagram account to day to join some comps. I joined once which I think had been posted here. Fudge hair Instagram  and I have just received this message which I don't understand what they're asking me to do and it doesn't seem legit. Can anyone advise please ? Hello, Congratulations !! 🎁

You have been selected as today's winner in our competition and claim your prize now. To claim your prize:
1). click on our BIO Profile:
       👇Click in the below 🆓

 
2). How to claim the prize is to complete 2 or 3 registrations that we provide on our sponsor's website page, Register (free registration) "COMPLETE THE SURVEY DATA / INSTALL APPLICATIONS AND Send SMS now to Win, only lists. If you are not registered, We are unable to deliver gifts.

3). after it finishes, Send proof screenshot of completed registration App,Sms,Email. If you don't submit evidence, We were unable to process your prize within 30 minutes. Don't miss this opportunity because you have been randomly selected on your system.

 🥳 Good luck !!!
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  • AC55
    AC55 Posts: 3,678 Forumite
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    Hi all I'm a newbie and just activated my Instagram account to day to join some comps. I joined once which I think had been posted here. Fudge hair Instagram  and I have just received this message which I don't understand what they're asking me to do and it doesn't seem legit. Can anyone advise please ? Hello, Congratulations !! 🎁

    You have been selected as today's winner in our competition and claim your prize now. To claim your prize:
    1). click on our BIO Profile:
           👇Click in the below 🆓

     
    2). How to claim the prize is to complete 2 or 3 registrations that we provide on our sponsor's website page, Register (free registration) "COMPLETE THE SURVEY DATA / INSTALL APPLICATIONS AND Send SMS now to Win, only lists. If you are not registered, We are unable to deliver gifts.

    3). after it finishes, Send proof screenshot of completed registration App,Sms,Email. If you don't submit evidence, We were unable to process your prize within 30 minutes. Don't miss this opportunity because you have been randomly selected on your system.

     🥳 Good luck !!!
    Unfortunately it's the case with A LOT of instagram competitions that people are making fake accounts to try and dupe people into sending over their bank details. You will usually find that these fake accounts will follow you after you've entered the competition.

    Ways to identify the fake account
    - Spelling differences in the name of the company - in the case above 'fudge hair' has had another d added to the username 'fuddgehair'
    - Bio will say something about being a page for the winners
    - Companies will not ask for your bank details for a competition - it's not a competition if you have to pay for something. 

    If you're ever in doubt, reach out to the genuine company and ask them. 

    Hope this helps :) 
  • I entered one that was posted on here - that was supposed to say sorry 
  • hmariez
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    It’s a scam, don’t click on anything xx 
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  • tigger462
    tigger462 Posts: 117 Forumite
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    There's alot of scammers who look for genuine competitions then set up false accounts (note the 2 x d's in the new profile they're trying to direct to) 

    The texts/calls/links will all cost a fortune or ask for financial information. I'd report it and block/delete
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  • Right thank you. Thank makes sense as their page is different to the one that posted the comp. Thought id been lucky on my first day! Thanks guys 
  • redfox5
    redfox5 Posts: 21,859 Forumite
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    I get a follow from a fake account every time I enter an IG comp. I just block or try to report. They are normally easy to spot as written above have different spelling and normally say they are a "winners account". 
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  • Deb2008
    Deb2008 Posts: 1,221 Forumite
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    I get the same for every comp enter on Insta...I remove follower and block, most Instagram accounts have also had to type on their bio that this is their only account, if contacted by another pretending to be them just block or report. .  Yeah @redfox5 has it spot on, they usually have winners account as the intro..any that ask you to click the bit ly link are usually scammers :(
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  • Moneybot
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    This should be in chat not on the main board. Will pm a BG to get it moved.

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  • sarah1972
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    Moneybot said:
    This should be in chat not on the main board. Will pm a BG to get it moved.

    Moved over to chat now
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  • Glad I searched for "Instagram scam" because I received this message from an account whose name (kids stuff crazy soap) I recognised from a recent competition. I was already suspicious but clicked the bio link and found the red flag that they wanted my card details! And that's when I stop. I have two other very similar messages so I now know to just delete them. 

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