BBB says Instagram ‘Ugly List’ tag is a scam

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Maybe you’ve heard about the “Ugly List 2016” making the rounds on Instagram.

Or worse, maybe you’ve been tagged in the list.

Either way, here's what you need to know: No, your friends are not tagging you — or anyone else — in the "Ugly List 2016" on Instagram. Turns out, the Ugly List is a new scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.

The BBB says Instagram users are being fooled into thinking a friend tagged them in a mean-spirited prank but it’s really a phishing con.

The BBB serving Metro Atlanta, Athens and Northeast Georgia shared the following information how this scam works and ways to avoid falling for this con:

How the Scam Works:

— You get an Instagram notification saying you’ve been tagged in a post. The catch? The post is called “Ugly List 2016,” and it was a friend who tagged you. How mean!

— In the notification, there’s a link to see the full post. You click on it, and it leads to a page that appears to be the Instagram log in. You need to enter your username and password before you can see the “Ugly List.”

— Don’t fall for it. The form is fake. It’s a way for scammers to steal usernames and passwords. Once scammers have your account info, they will hack your Instagram and tag your followers in new “Ugly List” posts, perpetuating the con and stealing more information.

Tips to avoid this Scam:

— Do a quick search. Be wary of anything that is shocking or sensational on social media. If it seems suspicious, do an online search. If it’s a scam, chances are that other victims have posted complaints and information online.

— Don’t trust your friends’ tastes online. It might not actually be them “liking” or sharing these scam posts. Their account may have been hacked.

— Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.

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