New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….
The original story (published July 4, 2022) follows:
Launched in 2015, Discord was initially used by gamers around the world to communicate with each other. The platform has over 150 million people worldwide who use it as a video, chat and text communication service.
Since the app is free, the company generates almost all of its revenue from the Nitro subscription service.
But like the majority of apps, it is often affected by bugs and issues like overlay settings not changing or reverting to defaults and About Me page tab not working for some.
As the Discord developers work to resolve the aforementioned issues, many users are now reporting that they receive an invite to a shameful server with a message claiming they have done something wrong (1,2,3,4,5).
After clicking on the invite link, the server asks for verification by scanning a QR code which gives them access to your Discord account. The bot then takes over the account and sends the same message to everyone on your contact list.
It seems that several servers are running the scam so they can get their hands on user accounts.
Hey, I’m really a noob with discord. I barely use it much anymore and barely have used it actively much. But i got this dm just now from someone inviting me to a discord named “name and shame” explaining how someone with the same name and pfp sent them inappropriate things so they told me blocked. I just want to know if it is safe to accept the invitation and explain the misunderstanding or if it is better to ignore. Thanks!
the “Shame | Exposing | Packing | Arguments” server is a pseudo-server from what I believe where you verify with the qr code like you would log into discord as “verification” which hacks the user and spam these messages to people guilty in the membership and it’s a massive cycle, please stay safe and if anyone has any info on this server that would be helpful.
The only way to avoid having your account hacked is to ignore invites to these servers. If you’ve ever been hacked, be sure to change your password as soon as possible and enable two-factor authentication.
For added security, you can also limit your Discord to previously joined servers and friends only.
As always, we’ll update this space when we have more information, so be sure to keep checking PiunikaWeb.
Update 1 (July 5)
09:35 (IST): A user suggested that if you encounter a screen similar to the one linked below, you should press “Cancel” instead of “Yes, connect me”.
Update 2 (July 6)
10:08 a.m. (IST): Now it looks like the scammers are coming up with new servers to continue the “shameful server” scam. A user received an invitation to a server named EXP or SED with a fraudulent message.
Thus, users must search for such suspicious servers and avoid them.
Update 3 (July 7)
1:25 p.m. (IST): A user has suggested some precautionary measures to avoid the “shaming server” invitation scam. This includes changing certain privacy and security settings. You can check them out below.
Update 4 (July 8)
5:45 p.m. (IST): Here’s a video explaining how the Discord ‘shaming server’ scam works, what you can do to avoid it, and how to recover your account after being scammed. You can check it below.
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