Scammers are always coming up with new ways to try and steal your money and details, and social media has made it a whole lot easier.

From WhatsApp messages to emails, Facebook DMs to Snapchat Stories, scams are rife on social media platforms right now, and they’re always pretty convincing.

It’s getting harder and harder to tell what is a scam and what isn’t, so you should always approach random messages from strangers with caution.

The latest scam to take over Instagram is the “this took me three hours to make” message. Let’s learn more about it…

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Do not click on this viral Instagram scam

A number of Instagram users have reported receiving a message from a random user that says “this took me three hours to make”.

The message usually consists of someone telling you that they have edited some of your pictures for you and it took them “hours to make”.

Then, it has a link that you are asked to click to access your edited photos. However, it’s actually all a scam.

If you receive a message like this, do not click on it. This is a phishing message that is attempting to hack your Instagram and steal your details.

Report the account

If your Instagram has been targeted by one of these scams, report the user who sent the message immediately.

To report a scam account on Instagram:

  • Click on their profile.
  • Tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner.
  • Press ‘report’.
  • Click ‘report account’.
  • Then, press ‘it’s posting content that shouldn’t be on Instagram.
  • Now, scroll down and click ‘misleading or possible scam’.

Block the user too

To ensure you don’t recieve any more scam messages from the same user, you should also block them.

To block a user on Instagram:

  • Go to their profile.
  • Tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner.
  • Press ‘block’.

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