How scammers on Instagram are getting your info with the ‘Ugly Photo List’

How scammers on Instagram are getting your info with the ‘Ugly Photo List’
The Instagram app logo is displayed on an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Carl Court/Getty Images, File)

RALEIGH — It starts with a direct message on social media from one of your friends that claims the photos you posted on social media got you on the “Ugly Photo List,” WTVD reported.

The message has a link for you to click to review the photos, but don’t click that link because it’s a scam.

The direct message on Instagram said, “Did you see what they did with all of your pics?”

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The next message then said, “Look, they’re right at the top. Click here to review ugly photos.” Do not click on the link provided in what is known as the “Ugly Photo Scam.”

If you click the link, your account will be hacked after you enter your password into a third-party account.

Tech experts said the fake account then uses your personal account to send out direct messages to your followers and then try to trick them, WTVD reported.

If you fall for this scam and put your account information into the third party website, change your password right away. You should also check your direct messages to see if any were sent from your account.

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