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Scam alert: Instagram ‘copyright violation’ message

We’ve been sent a copy of an Instagram phishing direct message that claims a copyright violation has been detected on your account. Here’s what to look out for.

A believable message pretending to be from Instagram’s help centre threatens to close your account if you don’t hand over personal information.

But the message is a phishing scam that you should delete and ignore.

The direct message, sent to private inboxes on the photo sharing app, warns that one of your posts has infringed copyright law.

It threatens that as a result, your account will be closed within 24 hours if you don’t dispute the ‘breach’ by following a link. Here’s what it looks like:

Why it’s so convincing

We’ve heard from a few people who thought the message was genuine, and we can see why. First, the fraudulent account uses the official Instagram company logo.

The tone and layout of the message make it sound formal and serious.

Guide: how to spot a social media scam

The message is also signed off with the real address of Instagram’s Californian HQ, which gives a false impression of authenticity.

How you can tell it’s fake

The account name ‘Instagramsupportcf’ rings alarm bells. In fact, Instagram contacts its users about account information or account issues over email, not through private message on the platform.

As with many similar scams we’ve seen, the message is also written in a strange way and contains a number of grammatical errors.

You can take a look at our guide to spotting scams to find out more giveaways that a message you’ve received might not be what it seems.

Instagram told us that it’s investigating the account behind the scam messages and intends to tackle the problem.

Have you received this message? Have you been sent any other scams to your Instagram account? We’d like to hear about your experiences in the comments.


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Hey, I just received a message :
๐—น๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ | ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜†๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜

Dear User,

Your account violates our Copyright.

Complainant Company: Yunitec LTD.
ยฉ๏ธ All Rights Reserved.

Your account will be deleted from copyright within 24 hours, will not be re-entered

If you think this is an error and do not want your account to be deleted. Go to the link I provided below and fill out the form.

๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ; https://instagram-copyright-help.com/form/

Copyright is very important to us. If necessary actions are not taken from our connection, you will be removed from our servers within 24 hours.

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—œ๐——: #๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฎ

ยฉ๏ธ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ. ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Hi,
I just received a DM from @copyrightappealsmediasupport reading almost the excact same message. I almost got a heart attack, but found it strange that they would contact me on instagram in such a vague manner. Please look into this account. They have over 20 000 followers and a private account.

s๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ | ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ, ๐—จ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ!

Your account is violating our Copyright.

Complaining Company: Yunitec LTD. ยฉ ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.

Your account will be deleted from copyright within 24 hours, will not be re-entered If you think this is a mistake and don’t want your account deleted. Go to the link I gave below and fill in the form by logging in.

Required connection:http://instagramssupport.ga

Copyright is very important to us. If the necessary actions are not taken from our link, you will be removed from our servers within 48 hours.

Support Account ๐—œ๐——; #0696731942 ยฉ Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA

The same message was sent twice today. they sent it, deleted it and sent it again. Even though I heard such scams a lot, I was still worried: / When I review the page, zero followers are too remarkable.I think they want to defraud me the most ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jane Constable says:
18 February 2021

Just received one of those – instantly deleted message/blocked sender! I thought it strange it came through to my “requested” inbox (eg people who i don’t follow who are “requesting” to send me a message) – surely if it was genuinely from Instagram they wouldn’t need to follow that route to message me??

I also just got a message stating that I made a copyright infringement
The account name is ig.channelmedia

Instagram | Copyright Infringement

Hello Dear User!

A copyright violation has been detected in a post on your account. If you think copyright infringement is wrong, you should provide feedback. Otherwise, your account will be closed within 24 hours. You can give feedback from the link below. Thank you for your understanding.

Form:
https://mediahelpchannel.com/instagram/43754182618

Case Number: 43754182618

ยฉ๏ธ Instagram. Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA

Thanks for using Instagram.

Looks pretty real but after reading the various posts I think itโ€™s a fake

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Taiwo Makanjuola says:
23 February 2021

Hi, just got one of those from @centerforcopyrightt” and I actually thought it was genuinely from Instagram. I clicked on the link and filled in personal details. I’m worried my details would be toyed with. What can be done please?

Abdul Basit says:
24 February 2021

Please change your password immediately if the old password is still working.

Leilani says:
25 February 2021

Hello!
I just got one like these too in Turkish with less than 6k followers, no email no nothing with an average of 6 likes per photo no official anything. I screen shot it and reported the account after they began arguing with me over it being a fake which was obvious. The account was http://www.instagram.com/ig_servicesx
That and they called me sir when I’m clearly a Woman. lol
The link they told me to click was: insta-confirm.atwebpages.com
The support pin code: #854268425

Whoever sent it wanted to hijack my account because for one if it were official I would have received an email not a DM then a argument then block when I said I was reporting the account.

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Carlos says:
27 February 2021

Just received a message like yours!

Instagram | Copyright infringement

Hello Dear xxxxx

We ve received complaints that you violated Instagram copyright and our community guidelines.
Our team reviewed and approved the complaints.

The rules you violated;

โ€ข Publications protected by copyright

Copyright is very important to us; If no objections are made within 24 hours, your account will be deleted! If you believe this is an error, please submit an appeal. The appeal will be reviewed by our manager and returned to you.

APPEAL FORM: http://objectioncenterc.ml/copyright/contact/help/form/606967319425039

Thank you for your understanding.

(You will receive an informational message about copyright infringement shortly after logging in to the link properly.)

Case Number: 4272619191384

ยฉ Instagram. Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025