Thuli Thabethe is the latest celebrity to fall victim to Instagram hackers
The actress took to Instagram – via a new account – to reveal that her old profile was hacked after she fell for the oldest trick in the book.
Thuli told said she was “starting over” after her profile was stolen on Tuesday.
“My @instagram account was hacked into on 5-02-2019 via a ‘Copyright Infringement’ notification requesting to verify my login details: username, email, contact and password,” she explained.
Before she could even blink, the hacker had taken over her account.
“Within seconds I received a New login to Instagram from Chrome Mobile on LG-M250 based in Cape Town at 10:33 (PDT) email notification. Without question I clicked on the link and basically handed over my account once I confirmed,” Thuli added.
Her new profile now has a mere 600 followers.
Thuli is not the only star whose social media profile has been hacked
Hackers usually target stars with thousands and sometimes millions of followers.
Once they take over the profile, they start selling products to the large audience or promote their websites. Some have been known to use the followers to get influencer gigs.
A Kenyan musician stole Phindile Gwala’s 700k Instagram followers whilst Dineo Ranaka almost lost her 800 000 plus Twitter followers in 2017. The hacker also sent her death threats demanding that she hand over the passwords to her other social media accounts.
The radio host eventually got her account back.
Last month, Priddy Ugly’s Twitter account was hacked. Despite efforts to report the hacker, he was forced to start a new account.
LootLove, Ayanda Thabethe and Redi Tlhabi have also been victims.