Be aware, nowadays, scammers are targeting Instagram users and playing dirty tricks!
They are targeting your Instagram backup codes in disguise for copyright schemes. These cybercriminals are pretending themselves as Instagram’s present company Meta. And using the copyright infringement trick and emailing the people and urging them to expose their account information.
The scammers are using tricks like sending emails to Instagram users and telling them that you violated the rules so you are facing the account restrictions. In this email, they further urge you to click on a certain button and Go to the appeal form for that decision. Due to desperation, when users click on that appeal button, that will take them to another page where users click on the Go to Confirmation Form. This button will take the user to another fake Meta violation page that looks exactly like Meta Appeal Centre.
Here, scammers will ask you to enter your username and login information. Further, they inquire whether your account is protected by the two-factor authentication code or not. If you have the secret backup codes for two-factor authentications, then they will ask for those 10 digital backup codes, as a result, all your data will be transferred to them. In short, they will steal all your account information.
That’s their trick to trap the innocent user. So, Watch Out!
This is the latest trick of cyber criminals to create phishing emails that are disguised as a copyright notice and aim to steal your login data as well as your account’s secret backup codes for two-factor authentication.
Usually, 2-FA works as an additional protective barrier that essentially requires the code from your phone to enter your account after typing the password in the app. This 2-FA code is a secret code that is generated by the app itself and sent to you in the form of an email or SMS. Generally, Instagram gives these 2-FA codes when you cannot access the app by a simple method like a password. These backup codes are super private and are not meant to be shared with anyone.
Unfortunately, If scammers get their hands on them, then your account will be in danger and they will hijack your account and change the password, even worse is that they will kick you out of your account. So, that these backup codes are super private and stored securely, and treat them the same you keep your passwords safe. Moreover, never enter these codes on the website other than official accounts.
These kinds of tricks are not only used on Instagram, but also on Facebook several times.