Are You On The List? ‘Ugly’ Scam Targets Instagram Users

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — We all try to put our best foot forward when posting pictures on social media.

So, imagine the embarrassment when one of your friends sends you a message saying your picture has made on of the Internet’s most notorious “ugly lists.”

One young woman says she was shocked and upset to hear her picture was on the list.

“Some mean people had made a list of the ugly people on Instagram,” she said. “I got really mad.”

With as many as 500 million users, imagine being labeled ugly for everyone to see on the most popular photo-sharing site in the world.

But when some users clicked on the link, some got more than they bargained for. They got hacked.

“This scam, like so many scams, has to do with an emotional hook,” said Claire Rosenzweig, president of the Better Business Bureau.

Rosenzweig says the “ugly list” is all just a ruse.



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