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Tom Rodriguez warns fans of phishing scams on Instagram

/ 12:28 PM September 25, 2020
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Image: Instagram/@akosimangtomas

Kapuso star Tom Rodriguez warned the public of phishing scams on social media, especially on Instagram, after an unknown user tried to scam him on the platform.

Rodriguez took to his Instagram Stories yesterday, Sept. 24, to share a short screen recording of the alleged scammer’s message to him and account to warn other netizens.

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“Don’t be a victim of these [‘Phishing’] schemes… kahit may blue checkmark pa, hindi ibig sabihin legit (even if they have blue checkmarks, it does not mean that these are legit),” he stressed.

“Nanakawin lang ang details nyo ng site nila since nakaw lang din ang account na to (They will just steal your details since this account is also just stolen anyway),” the actor added.

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The suspected scammer’s message identified itself as being from Instagram’s Copyright Help Center and Customer Service and told Rodriguez that they had detected a copyright violation on his account.

To amend this apparent violation, they asked Rodriguez to provide details via a certain link, a move Rodriguez warned the public to be cautious about.

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Image: screengrab from Instagram/@akosimangtomas

The said private account, which the actor says is just a stolen one, has around 252,000 followers.

The Department of Justice last July warned the public of a significant increase in cybercrimes amid the pandemic, which include phishing and spreading of fake news.

The National Bureau of Investigation and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas recorded a 100% increase in phishing activities in April, just around a month after quarantine restrictions were imposed on Luzon.  /ra

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