Retrieved March 2021, reference:
- You can’t do anything unlawful, misleading, or fraudulent or for an illegal or unauthorized purpose.
Instragram acknowledge that there are times where scammers will be present on the network, and provide this warning.
“How To Avoid Scams on Instagram”
Scams on Instagram happen when people create fake accounts or hack into existing Instagram accounts you’ve followed. The scammers use these fake or compromised accounts to trick you into giving them money or personal information.
Note: Instagram will never send you direct messages about your account in the Instagram app. To help you identify phishing and spam emails, you can view official Instagram emails sent within the last 14 days from your Settings.
Things to watch out for:
People asking you for money who you don’t know in person.
People asking you to send them money or gift cards to receive a loan, prize or other winnings.
Anyone asking you to pay a fee in order to apply for a job.
Accounts representing large companies, organizations or public figures that are not verified.
People claiming to be from Instagram security asking you to provide account information (like your username or password), or offering you account verification services.
People asking you to move your conversation off Instagram to a less public or less secure setting, such as a separate email.
People claiming to have a friend or relative in an emergency.
People who misrepresent where they are located.
Messages that appear to come from a friend or a company you know that ask you to click on a suspicious link.
Messages or posts with poor spelling and grammatical mistakes.
People or accounts asking you to claim a prize.
Learn more about how to keep your account secure on Instagram.
If you see something you think is a scam, you should avoid responding and report the scam to Instagram.