'The raffle of prizes from the social network Instagram' Scam
Fraudsters are trying to take advantage of unsuspecting users through a fake giveaway site. The scheme is presented as a supposed raffle of prizes organized by the Instagram social network. However, users should be warned that Instagram has no connection to this hoax and its name is exploited as a way to add legitimacy to the con artists' claims.
The misleading pop-up message tells visitors of the site that they have been chosen to participate in the drawing of lucrative and expensive prizes, including computers, mobile equipment, and cash rewards going all the way up to $5000. The chosen users will have 3 chances to pick a winning gift box. Of course, if this sounds way too good to be true, it is because the entire giveaway is fake and none of the rewards exist.
The operators of the 'The raffle of prizes from the social network Instagram' tactic are likely running a phishing operation in an attempt to obtain private or confidential information from their victims. Users may be asked to provide their names, addresses, email accounts, phone numbers, and other details under the pretense that the information is necessary for the supposed rewards to be shipped.
These tactics also commonly ask users to pay non-existent 'shipping' or 'transportation' fees. Afterward, the fraudsters can exploit the obtained information to perform various frauds or simply package all of the collected details and offer them for sale to third parties that may include cybercriminal organizations.
The messages that users may encounter as part of the ''The raffle of prizes from the social network Instagram' scam could be similar to:
'Participation in the drawing
More than 100 units of computer and mobile equipment, as well as 50 cash prizes ranging from 50 to 5000 US dollars
All you have to do is open the correct gift box.
You have 3 tries, good luck!
You can only take part in the promotion once
The raffle of prizes from the social network Instagram!
Congratulations and good luck!'