Milwaukee musician’s Instagram hacked; cyber scam victim

A Milwaukee musician has been hacked on Instagram. Now scammers are using a video of her to scam other people.

Zed Kenzo is a musician with a devoted following – from stage to social media. She usually promotes her music on Instagram. But a few days ago, everything was compromised.

“I hope I can help people remember not to be impulsive,” Kenzo said.

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It all started when Kenzo received a message on Instagram from a friend of a friend.

“It was like, ‘Hey, send me your Cash App tag, and I’ll send you $2,000,'” Kenzo said.

She was hesitant, but curious. Kenzo clicked on a link, registered, and was directed to a cryptocurrency site. A new message asked him to read a script and record a video.

“They just typed out a little paragraph saying, ‘I invested in such and such and got that back,'” Kenzo said.

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Kenzo quickly discovered that she had been blocked on her Instagram account.

“That’s when I realized this hacker was using this video from my account to scam people,” Kenzo said.

Instagram hack, scam involving Zed Kenzo’s page

Others who clicked on the link were also hacked.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says social media scams have exploded in the past year. More than 95,000 people said they had been cheated.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it is,” said Lisa Schiller of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

The BBB warns that clicking on a link can compromise your information in seconds.

Instagram hack, scam involving Zed Kenzo’s page

“I think something like that kind of preys on people’s confidence and emotion,” Schiller said.

Kenzo warns others to be skeptical.

“I use myself as an example of what not to do,” Kenzo said.

Kenzo filed a report with the FBI. She still does not have control over her Instagram account.

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