If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that we post many different scams. Many of them are very similar in design and execution, but every once in a while there comes along one that’s so clever and mean that you wonder how anyone even designed it.
This article will discuss one such scam: the Discord name and shame scam. This scam is so tricky that you need to keep reading.
Name and Shame Discord Scam
We started seeing examples of this scam popping up online just a few days ago. Many people have posted about it since, concerned about whether the message sent to them on Discord is real or not. Here are some examples.
hey ummm idk what happened or if it’s really you but it was your name and the same avatar and you sent a girl uh** stuff like what the fuck?
In the two screenshots above – as well as in all the other examples we’ve seen – the content of the messages is always the same. It is designed to scare potential victims into clicking on the Discord server invite. Judging by the fact that the content never changes, it’s very likely that the message does its job exceptionally well as well.
It’s not hard to see why that would be so effective either. When people are involved in such scandals, it can potentially ruin their lives. Whether or not they believe it’s impossible for them to be involved in such a situation, many people are going to be strongly tempted to click on the Discord invite button, especially because it was sent to them by the one of their friends! Or at least it appears that way…
Discord Shaming Server Scam Explained
Here is an overview of how the scam works:
- A scammer compromises a victim’s Discord account and sends the name and shame Discord message to everyone on their friend list. People who receive the message are much more likely to trust it because it looks like it was sent by one of their friends.
- When a victim clicks on the Discord invite button, they will have to “verify” their Discord account by scanning a QR code. If the victim scans the QR code, the scammers will also gain access to their account, and then send name and shame scam messages to all their Discord friends, creating a snowball effect.
- Scammers are free to do whatever they want with compromised accounts. They can send victims’ friends various other types of scam messages – perhaps Discord Nitro scam messages or cryptocurrency scam messages.
How to protect yourself
If you are a victim of the Discord name and shame scam, the first thing to do is to Reset your password. If your Discord account was linked to other social media accounts, you should also consider unlinking them. You can do this in the Discord app by going to Settings > Connections.
For those of you looking to stay safe from such scams, here are some tips:
- Beware of threatening messages or messages that ask you to take some action, even if they appear to have been sent by your friends or family.
- Do not scan suspicious QR codes. This could lead to your account being compromised.
- If you haven’t already, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on your account.
- Use Trend Micro Check to stay ahead of scammers.
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