Questionable posts from random users—usually from those with a significant number of (bot) followers—are already becoming not uncommon within the photo- and video- sharing social site, Instagram.
In fact, we have encountered a number of them before, with some falsely claiming to increase your follower count—an attempt we’ve seen floating around on Twitter and Facebook in the past—and with others attesting to a mass purge of accounts unless they have been verified.
Recently, we’ve discovered an attempt at baiting users with the lure of catching his/her potentially cheating partner red-handed using a “trusted” service. All one needs is their target’s phone number.
Below is mobile screenshot of the post that my test account received:
WOW WTF!! Find Out Who Your BF/GF IS Texting With This Website!I’d like to think that whoever came up with this kind of bait has been following stories revolving around the Ashley Madison hacking incident, probably a little too closely.
This Is Crazy Man! My Friend Tried It On His Girl And It Worked! Click The Link In @INSTANTPHONELOOKUP BIO And Check It Out
Try It For $1, 100% LEGAL!!
Anyway, the link on the profile page of @INSTANTPHONELOOKUP is a bit.ly shortened URL that points to the destination, c[DOT]heaterslookup[DOT]com.
The final destination is an advertorial piece written on instantcheckmate[DOT]com entitled “Cheaters Hate This New Website - Here’s Why”.
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All links on the said piece point to the aforementioned domain. Those who are still interested in finding out who their partner is texting—and didn’t get what they were looking for on the textspy domain—may find that they now need to cough up money for a service that, the company itself claims, gathers data from publicly available sources.
Although this business is indeed accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), one will find an overwhelming number of complaints and negative reviews versus their very, very short list of satisfied clients.
Users of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware are already protected from accessing c[DOT]heaterslookup[DOT]com, including other sites such as the following that are found to be similar or related to it: