Researchers recently spotted a sneaky phishing scam that uses a phony two-factor authentication request to trick email recipients into entering their Instagram login credentials.

"Someone tried to log in to your Instagram account. If this wasn't you, please use the following code to confirm your identity," according to the fraudulent email, which provides a six-digit code that supposedly must be entered after the prospective victim clicks on a link that leads to what appears to be a login page.

"The use of what looks like a 2FA code is a neat touch: the implication is that you aren’t going to need to use a password, but instead simply to confirm that the email reached you," explains Sophos senior technologist Paul Ducklin, in an Aug. 23 company blog post. "And two-factor authentication codes kind of ooze cybersecurity – because, well, because 2FA," he continues.

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