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Beware the Instagram scam

Madura McCormack | Nov. 26, 2012
Bogus retail vouchers circulating the photo sharing site is phishing your information

A spokesperson from ZARA's external relations representative company Inditex said: "We must inform you that neither Inditex nor Zara are related in any way with the practices you mention. Indeed, once we had notice of this issue, we have opened an inquiry to find out if there has been any kind of unauthorised use of our brand."

Interestingly enough, the fake user '@zara_promo' Instagram page was still up when last checked. In place of the ZARA logo as its profile picture, the scammer had instead replaced it and his six photos with that of the troll face meme.

Protect your privacy on social networks

Security vendors Trend Micro and Symantec advice users to privatise social networking accounts, set hard to guess passwords and not to click shortened URLs.

Shortened URLs are one of the ploys set up by scammers to send you to malicious sites with viruses abound.

Even if the user seems legitimate and the offer attractive, it doesn't hurt to make a trip to the retailer's official website and confirm if they do in fact have an account on the particular social network.

 

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