Spammers have long been leveraging social networking sites to pull off scams. Generally speaking, as the popularity of a service increases, so too do the illicit activities of scammers. It seems that the popular photo-sharing service Instagram is the latest social networking site to catch the attention of these scammers.
I discovered this first-hand when I received an Instagram photo comment, from an unfamiliar account, which had nothing to do with the photo:
"Hi there, Get a FREE Game in my Profile, OPEN it up, Get 85.90$ :-) xx"
I went to check out the user, who appeared to be a rather attractive woman with followers in the thousands, but surprisingly for a photo-sharing service, not a single photo.
Figure 1. Scammer’s Instagram profile
Who was this mysterious lady? Her profile bio said largely the...