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Instagram users are targeted by bots in fake Shein gift card contests

Cybercriminals use fake Shein gift cards to trick victims into handing over their banking details online.

A new scam has taken Instagram by storm this month, with people around the world being targeted for money.

Virus scanner Avast says the scam usually starts with a simple comment, congratulating users for winning a fashion retailer gift card.

To claim this, victims are encouraged to click the link on a scammer’s page where they may be pressured to complete a short survey.

In one example, users had only two minutes to answer questions such as ‘Do you agree with SHEIN’s product prices?’ and ‘How do you intend to use the SHEIN Gift Card?’.

The new scam has taken Instagram by storm this month, with people around the world being targeted in the money trick

Criminals are now using fake Shein gift cards to trick victims into handing over their bank details

Virus scanner, Avast, claims the scam often starts with a simple congratulatory comment

Virus scanner, Avast, claims the scam often starts with a simple congratulatory comment

INSTAGRAM SCAMS: WHAT TO BE CAREFUL OF

  1. Anyone asking for money
  2. Someone offering a prize, money, a gift card or a loan
  3. Public figures and unverified companies
  4. People who ask for a fee when applying for a job
  5. Messages from someone you know containing a suspicious link
  6. Someone claiming to be from Instagram asking for account details
  7. Anyone claiming to have a loved one in an emergency situation
  8. Accounts that are fairly new to the platform
  9. Spelling and grammatical errors in posts/messages
  10. Extreme discounts offered
  11. Anyone who misrepresents where they are
  12. Someone asks you to transfer the conversation from Instagram to a less secure platform

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Regardless of your answers, it is understood that victims will always proceed to the next stage, where they are presented with a screen full of wrapped gifts.

The site will then give users three chances to click on a winning box.

Avast claims that the first one will always be empty, which makes the plot even more realistic.

It is understood that the Shein reward will still be awarded after the second click on the box, with the scam site claiming prizes range from £25 to £2,000.

But scammers often claim that they will need an address and postage payment to send that gift card in a few days.

This is when users are encouraged to hand over their personal data, including a name, phone number, email, and bank details.

As a result, Avast claims that victims unknowingly subscribe to a subscription fee rather than a single postage payment.

In many countries the amount charged is not disclosed, but for France it is €2 followed by €33 per fortnight which equals £1.80 and £29.

Amid the scam, social media has been flooded with comments as some users claim they are bombarded with gift card offers every day.

One person tweeted, “Won about 14,000 Shein gift cards on Instagram this morning and spam accounts are tagging you on all of them.”

Another joked, “Why won’t my landlord let me pay my rent in SHEIN gift cards that I won on Instagram,” while one person also said, “The number of gift cards SHEIN wins on Instagram are amazing.”

Users may be pressured to complete a short survey before the “gift card” is finally awarded

The site will then give users three chances to click on a winning box.  Avast claims that the first one will always be empty, which makes the whole plot more realistic

Users may be pressured to complete a short survey before the “gift card” is finally awarded. Then, the site will then give users three chances to click on a winning box. Avast claims that the first one will always be empty, which makes the whole plot more realistic

The gift card scam isn’t the first to target Shein shoppers, with other schemes also luring victims with gifts.

Last year, Shein said, “We are aware of a scam claiming to provide a credit card number for free SHEIN items. This is fake and in no way endorsed by our company. Be careful when engaging online!’

A few months later, they tweeted again, “We have become aware of recent email scams falsely claiming to be from our company and can verify that this is not official SHEIN communication. Please feel free to contact us anytime through our customer service channels regarding official SHEIN offer emails…’

MailOnline approached Shein for a comment.

To protect against scams, Instagram recommends users to watch out for some key signs.

It is understood that the Shein reward will still be given after the second click on the box, with the scam site claiming prizes range from £25 to £2,000.

Victims unknowingly subscribe to a subscription rather than a single postage

It is understood that the Shein reward will still be awarded after the second click on the box, with the scam site claiming prizes range from £25 to £2,000. After filling in payment information, victims unknowingly subscribe to a subscription rather than a single postage

Red flags often include someone asking for money, offering to send money, gift cards, or anything else.

Unverified accounts that appear to represent big brands or public figures are also considered untrustworthy, in addition to anyone asking for a fee to apply for a job.

Any fraudulent request can also be written with poor spelling and grammar, potentially from an account new to the platform.

Instagram said: “If you see something you think is a scam, you should avoid responding and report the scam to Instagram.

‘Keep in mind that your report is anonymous, unless you are reporting intellectual property infringement. The account you reported won’t see who reported it.’

Avast also added: “When you get information from an Instagram account (or other social networks), look for signs that the account is original and authentic.

“There are plenty of copycats and fraudulent accounts out there, but on closer inspection you can almost always spot signs that they are genuine.”

MailOnline has approached Instagram for a comment.

Instagram launches crackdown on fake accounts with new feature giving users more information

Instagram has launched a crackdown on fake accounts, introducing a new feature showing users information about who is really behind a username.

More than a billion users of the photo-sharing app will now be able to assess the authenticity of accounts, weeks after parent Facebook rolled out similar measures in a bid to weed out fake accounts on its platform. form of social media.

The “About This Account” feature will allow users to see the advertisements served by an account, the country the account is located in, username changes over the past year as well as other details.

To learn more about an account, go to their profile, tap the … menu, then select “About this account”.

There you’ll see the date the account joined Instagram, the country the account is located in, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the last year, and any ads the account runs Currently.

Instagram also plans to dramatically increase the number of verified accounts for public figures, celebrities and global brands.

In addition to the account username, applicants will be required to provide their full real names and a copy of legal or business identification.

Instagram also said it would allow the use of third-party apps such as DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication to help users securely log into their accounts.

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