Instagram has an option integrated into its platform to identify emails from identity fraud and spam. This option allows you to see the official emails sent by Instagram in the last 14 days from “Settings”.
To view emails sent by Instagram you have to press on the three horizontal lines that are in the upper right margin and then click on Setting. there go until Security and then click Instagram emails.
The emails sent in the last 14 days related to the login and the security of the account are found in Security, while to view the rest you have to click on the Others tab.
Additionally, official messages from Instagram regarding account security will only be sent to the email address and will not be received via Direct messages.
Why is it so important to distinguish between emails sent by the company and others that are false?
Cyber attackers usually send false emails from supposed companies or entities in which the user has accounts or profiles created. This type of technique is known as email spoofing, which is nothing more than the creation and distribution of false emails that simulate the domain of a recognized company.
It is one of the ways to perform identity theft or phishing. Sometimes they are done by sending messages to mobile phones, or phone calls. In the latter case, we speak of vishing.
With the excuse that the user has to update information or correct an error, a link is sent that redirects to a false page that emulates the official site.
In this case, for example, the user would see an Instagram-like interface where they are asked to enter their access credentials. By doing this, you give attackers the email/password combination to get into your account and thereby end up losing your access.
It could also be the gateway for other types of attacks on other profiles where you have the same key and password combination or even to carry out types of kidnapping for ransom, in which information is stolen and the victim is asked to pay a ransom. to regain access to your data.
How to avoid scams on Instagram
It is important to be informed about the modus operandi of the attackers. In addition, it is essential to have a strong password and activate the second authentication factor that adds an extra layer of security to the account. To do so, you can follow the steps mentioned here.
On the other hand, you have to be alert and be wary of the following situations, as recommended by the platform:
1. People who do not know each other or who could pretend to be acquaintances, and ask for money through the app
2. Accounts that ask for money or gift cards to be sent to them in exchange for loans, prizes, or other winnings.
3. Be wary of profiles that request a sum of money with the promise of helping you apply for a job.
4. Accounts that claim to represent large companies, organizations or public figures and are not verified.
5. People who claim to be from Instagram security and who ask for your account information (such as username or password) or who offer you account verification services.
6. People who ask to continue chatting on a channel other than Instagram that is less public or less secure (for example, another email).
7. Users who claim to have friends or family in emergency situations.
8. Messages that appear to be from a friend or business you know and ask to click on a suspicious link.
9. Accounts that have little seniority on Instagram.
10. Do not trust messages or publications with misspellings or grammatical errors.
11. Persons or accounts requesting a prize to be claimed.
12. Persons or accounts offering items at an extreme discount.
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