(WKRG) — For these with Instagram, you already know it may be addictive. And speaking with different customers is admittedly easy. However now scammers are utilizing that as a software to get their palms in your pocketbooks.
“This can be a setup. And I would like individuals to know you’ll be able to’t do that,” says Gladys Thornton.
Gladys Thornton received a bizarre message from somebody pretending to be Reba McEntire. The message says “I’m in search of somebody I can undoubtedly belief” trigger she has a couple of issues she needs to do “with out my administration understanding”. Then she says the safety firm holding her briefcase with $200 million is closing, and needs Thornton to assist her maintain on to it for some time. The catch: Thornton has to pay for the cargo charge, however is promised to be paid again with curiosity! After which the scammer asks for Thornton’s identify, handle and cellphone quantity.
Fortunately, she didn’t fall for it, however specialists say there’s a strategy to inform if a star account is actual or pretend.
“Be sure to search for that blue seal subsequent to their identify earlier than you begin following somebody as a result of that’s when scams can happen everytime you begin following a pretend movie star,” says Sgt. Josh Rhodes with Cellular County Sheriff’s Workplace.
That is what the actual Reba McEntire profile appears like, you possibly can see the seal there to the best of her identify. Thornton says she was contacted by the profile Reba122. The scammer makes use of the identical profile image—discover there isn’t any seal subsequent to it—they usually’ve even copied the profile bio and all the photographs, so it may be convincing.
“It makes me indignant. You understand, you must have sense sufficient about you refuse it and there are individuals on the market who, simply because it says it’s Reba McEntire, they might take her at her phrase!” says Thornton.
Specialists say watch out and solely speak with individuals you recognize or have verified accounts.