Here we can see what a user profile looks like an example admin account. We’ll use a screen name of “Super Tech Support” and a username of “@SuperTechSupport88” with the profiles as shown on the Telegram desktop app and mobile app:
A few things to note here:
● There is a profile picture an impostor can easily copy.
● There is a bio that an impostor can easily copy.
● There is a Username that can’t be copied.
Now, let’s play a little game of spotting the imposters. Can you see why these are imposter accounts before we explain the answer?
Pay particular attention to the Username because this is where impersonators and scammers will try and trick you. Is this profile for the same admin?
As you can see, the Username has a spelling change (“Tich” instead of “Tech”). This is someone trying to impersonate user “SuperTechSupport88”.
Here is another example.
Again, you can see a misspelling in the Username with “Suqqort” instead of “Support.” This one can be hard to spot since “p” and “q” look similar at first glance.
How about this next one, are they an admin?
Of course not, the screen name, here “Super Tech Support admin” could be any text, and someone calling themselves an admin in their screen name should be immediately suspect.
Finally, this is the hardest one. Can you see the problem with this profile?
Here the imposter has put the legitimate username in their bio and left their username blank. This is hard to spot because “SuperTechSupport88” is there, it just isn’t the username for this account.
On Discord, it is pretty simple to spot the imposter account because the 4-digit Discord tag is unique. Below is the legitimate user “SuperTechSupport8888” and a scam profile. Can you spot the difference?
Discord usernames get a unique 4-digit tag appended. It is impossible to copy the tag, so it is easy to check 8888 vs. 8880.