Don’t fall for the ‘Ugly List’ scam on Instagram

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JACKSON, MS (WJTV) — The Better Business Bureau is warning Instagram users about a scam called the “Ugly List.”

The BBB said users think that a friend tagged them in a photo, but it turns out to be a phishing con.

The user will get a notification about the post. The post is called “Ugly List 2016” and it prompts you to believe that a friend tagged you in it. The BBB said many users think it’s just a prank.

Once you click on it, you will be prompted to enter your username and password before you can see it.

The BBB said the list is fake and was created to steal usernames and passwords. Once scammers have your account information, the usually hack your Instagram and tag your followers in new “Ugly List” posts.

Below are some tips from the BBB on how to avoid the scam:

Tips to avoid this con:

  • Do a quick search. Be wary of anything that is shocking or sensational on social media. If it seems suspicious, do an online search. If it’s a scam, chances are that other victims have posted complaints and information online.
  • Don’t trust your friends’ tastes online. It might not actually be them “liking” or sharing these scam posts. Their account may have been hacked.
  • Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on links leading to unfamiliar websites. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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