Instagram Scams

5 Instagram Scams Everyone Should Avoid

It’s time to expose the Instagram scams. As you probably know, Instagram is the latest in social networking trends. People can share pictures with captions of whatever it is they are doing at the moment. Unfortunately, with its overnight explosion along came tons of scammers taking advantage of its millions of users. Feel free to report names yourself in the Comments section at the end.

Besides the well-known scams referring to the Instagram LotteryInstagram Copyright, or how to become an Instagram model, there are five different traps on the platform that everyone should know about:

Scenario 1: Investing on Instagram or the Money Flipping Scheme

(with video) In this variation, the scammers approach Instagramers with proposals of making money online, using the term ‘Money flipping‘. Alternatively, they use the term ‘investment’ with a 24-hour return. It is the subject of many Cash App scams.

Watch the video below to see this sneaky scam exposed:

 

Scenario 2: Suspicious Activity on Your Account

Watch the video below to see the Suspicious Activity On Your Account Scam exposed (it starts at 2’27):

This trick comes as a private message in your Instagram inbox. It reads: “Hello, we are messaging you due to suspicious activity on your account. Log below to confirm you are the account owner or your account will be deactivated in the next 48 hours.

Any changes made to your accounts such as username, password, email, or phone number change will result in your account being locked for security purposes”.

A link is provided to log into your account (www.instagram.com/verification), but is very deceiving. Look at the image below and notice the trick:

instagram message suspicious activity

 

The second ‘a’ in ‘Instagram’ is an actual alpha symbol, not the letter ‘a’. As very few people notice that without the arrow, many logins into a fake Instagram account, giving scammers access to their credentials, and many times, personal information.


 

Scenario 3: Free Stuff On Instagram

Basically a phishing scam, fake accounts are being created that resemble those of major brand stores and restaurants. Some examples are Jet Blue, Ray-Ban, Best Buy, Chipotle, Delta, American Airlines, WestJet, Lulu Lemon, Southwest Airlines, Apple, British Airways, Nike, JB Hi-Fi, etc.

These fake accounts offer coupons, flights, or deals in exchange for likes, shares, follows and comments containing your email address so that you can claim your freebies and “giveaways”. Of course, you receive nothing and you have now given away your personal identification to the scammers.

instagram scams

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The difference between this scam and typical run of the mill phishing scams is the level of sophistication of the communications. The scammers make sure the URL is close to the brand name URL, fooling many people into believing it is a legitimate offer. They also use real offers ran previously by the company to further enforce the belief that they are the real thing.

On the same token, beware not only of the ‘free stuff’, but the ridiculously discounted one as well, see below.

instagram rayban offer

 

Scenario 4: Instagram Deleting Accounts

Crooks claim to be employees from the Instagram headquarters and inform you that they’ll close your account if you don’t share a certain picture and tag an account. The text reads: “Instagram is currently having some technical difficulties, so your account may get deleted. In order to avoid this, repost this picture and tag @donotdeletemyig. Thank you for your patience – Instagram staff (or Council).”

In the Instagram Deletes Accounts Scam, tricksters were just very creative and fooled around, trying to get exposure for their account by getting as many users as possible to tag their handle. Do not tag any account in any picture, it’s just a scam.

Scenario 5: Scholarships On Instagram

(with video) This variation of the scam comes as educational support for young students. Crooks present scholarship opportunities, such as the ‘Solomon Jackson Fund‘. Watch the video below to see this scam exposed.

 

One last type of Instagram scams these days comes as an economic stimulus due to the COVID-19 crisis, where users receive messages featuring a fake list with Government grants (in the US, UK, and Australia) or a Canada Emergency Response Benefit check. Last but not least, beware of the PayPal Money Adder Scam and the Civil Service Exam message going around on Instagram, as well.

 

How To Avoid The Instagram Scams:

The only real line of defense is the same for this scam as every other “something for nothing” phishing scam. Make sure to contact the company and verify the offer’s legitimacy.

Most larger corporations have entire departments dedicated to handling the influx of requests for these special offers; don’t ever feel like you are bothering an employee by making a verification. It is well worth your time to protect your personal identification. Also, if you use reloadable cards such as MoneyPak, Green Dot, Vanilla Reload, or Ukash – never give the account numbers to anyone.

If you are into redeeming free stuff online, use only legitimate companies. One of the most trustworthy services out there is Swagbucks.com, which is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos or play games. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It takes a minute to register, but the rewards are great. You can register for free HERE.

On the other hand – to get back on the topic – if you want to get free Instagram followers, be proactive and rely on reputable platforms.

 

How To Report The Instagram Scams:

Make your family and friends aware of these Instagram scams by sharing the article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Instagram Help Centre using the link below:

Report To Instagram Here

Report to the FTC Here

 

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116 thoughts on “Instagram Scams”

  1. Has anyone heard of Kathy McCoy saying she’s in management with Gavin DeGraw? She gives you an address and a code and then you’re supposed to be able to text him.

  2. BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY I purchased from Appearecho.com I paid what I thought was the Price in $AU and then realised that price was in US Dollars so actual purchase price was much more that I wanted to pay, so I emailed them straight away to cancel the order but they sent back a message saying that they were off work , then another later saying couldn’t as the items had already been sent….which seemed rather quick to me.
    Since then I have been emailing to ask for a refund and return shipping label, but the only response I get is “we have already sent it and cannot stop the shipment” I have sent several emails to this effect and get the same response each time.
    I am wondering now after reading about this company if they legit and IF I will even get the goods.

  3. Carmen electr-a

    a women with the profile carmenelectr-a asking me to take a selfie with front and reverse license. bank information ssn to receive 15 grand from government charity or something with her fans.

  4. queenofalldamned

    What are these profiles of very classy ladies who love to s**k d***ks etc and why I started to get daily DM requests from them (it even looks that I am in their chat group without any kind of action or so from my side)

  5. https://instagram.com/bryan_stella_fx?igshid=koh9gqyxtcnl
    THIS WOMAN IS A SCAMMER‼️ She claims her name is “Stella” and that she will earn you profits by trading for you. She cons people by having very persuasive photos on her Instagram showing very large amounts of money she receives as Bitcoin and other crypto. She sent me a link to a website called “FXMARKETSX”, which sadly I did not properly investigate before trusting her. She told me to invest $1,000 which about a week after, she told me I had to pay a signals fee for the trading to complete. That was $1,235. Assured me I would receive my profits in about a week. When that time was up, I was told I had to pay her 10% on the final balance as her commission, which was $2,247! 😰 I argued for a bit then told her I’d pay it the following day. Stupidly, I did as asked and after making multiple attention to withdraw, was told she didn’t know why it wasn’t going through (she knew – this had all been a scam). I texted the “platform’s” chat 💬, which was either a bot or a fellow participant in the scam. They claimed that I’d already withdrawn!! I assured them that was not the case. The next day, I received an email from the “admin” of that site telling me this:
    “Hope you?re good and fine. We want to bring Your attention to the Pending transaction we have on our records. Your withdrawal is pending due to the fact that you have to cover the COT(Cost of transfer). Thus: you are required to submit the following to confirm this transaction:
    1. A selfie of yourself holding a paper carrying today?s date and your Full name.
    2. A total deposit of $3,450 to cover the COT. You are required to make Payment to the platform bitcoin wallet address as soon as possible. Note: Your deposit will be added to your account and once COT process has been confirmed your profits will be released with immediate effect. We are so happy and proud that you have really benefit from our Profitable platform.”
    AVOID Stella and this SCAM PLATFORM [FxMarketSx]

  6. John Lewis closing scam ad on Instagram

    Instagram offer. BIG WHITE BANNER “JOHN LEWIS CLOSING” it hours on TI day they sure clearing everything from 200 of their stores closing. Suppose I should have known better, but fed up & thinking a treat would be nice. As a shopper with John Lewis for over 50 years. I felt safe. “We’re clearing stock for free. Last day… Just a few left. Etc etc…. do you go thru what is supposed to be a kind of lucky dip of what’s left from famous designer brands. They then tell you ok we’ve found this (something I’ve never heard of) all you have to do is pap £3.95 postage. Then “Only do this here. This is the only official site”. Do your thinking John Lewis. Dont use Google or any other search. You must do it here. Soo the one product comes up saying ok just the £3,95 postage. Then another offer pops up, a 2nd item again for £3.95 postage. Ok I’m expecting just on £8. Sad for John Lewis but a lovely little treat for me. Give us your card details. Did that. No page comes up giving you a breakdown or statement of what they’ve taken or are talking or option to confirm your happy with everything. Just “Thank you got your order” At this point I felt something was wrong. I went to the bottom of their page to make sure I hadn’t been signed in to anything permanent in cosmetics. I’ve heard about these scams.
    I got really worried & E mailed them , saying “I feel something is wrong. There hasn’t been s final page giving me info that I could check & change my mind if so wasn’t correct. That I wasn’t happy if anything costing me more money than stated.
    I immediately called my credit card company they had already taken £158.06.
    That’s more then my weeks Pension. They took that money before they sent out a confirmation page saying NOTHING ABOUT THE 2 ITEMS with 2 lots of 3.95 postage.
    A page saying you have this item at £70.27 free post. &
    another item at £87.79 for postage. Go on line & use this & use this pass code.
    The entire thing a scam. Using John Lewis. Saying don’t use other search engines. Taking guns before giving you a final invoice to share& confirm etc.
    Happy new year. Something to cheer me up turned in to me being a week without any money got good out bills & I’ll be paying the interest on my credit card. Please warn people about this. I dont want Other people to feel as bad as I do now. 

  7. I am an Instagram user. Someone called Sabrin8123 sent me a follow request a few days ago and said that she wanted to meet me. Then we did video talk and asked me to talk on imo. I recorded a video for her, then she threatened me. She tried to blackmail the video she uploaded it to YouTube. This is her username: @sabrin8123, profile url:
    https://instagram.com/sabrin8123?igshid=e4b120jl7asy
    The owner of this link tried to blackmail me, I deleted the conversations and I made the necessary complaint to Instagram because I was in panic, but they wanted a link. They did not help much. This person is scammer. Please help this person do whatever he needs.
    She threatened me to send the video to my friends. First she asked for 500 Euros and when he said that I had no money, she reduced it to 200 Euros, I blocked her from everywhere I logged out of my account I complained many times to Instagram I could not close my account.
    She told me he is in America, but I think she is in Morocco, I have no evidence as a link for now, but where should I complain about this person?

  8. Scammer using stolen photos of Richard Perry say hes in army in Afghanistan has a daughter that a nanny takes care of in United States, hes on Hangouts with email address Richardperry4321@gmail.com phone numbers hes using are 210-460-5006 &254-938-6217 hes asking for money in iturne,stream,Amazon cards.uses his daughter alot to get money.hes says he from Houston Texas.

  9. There’s this guy called Alan Norman on IG, has been telling me for three months how amazing I am; got me on Line chat and has called a dew times. Very sweet talk every day and sing you songs etc. Told you he’s an engineer/nurse in Yemen, trying to come back but needed $6800 to handle his visa/document in order for the army to send him a chopper to send him back home. Of course this is an obvious spam so I have blocked and reported this account.

  10. I got an Instagram message from someone that she is suffering from cancer and she have 2 million dollars that she wants me to donate to poor children

  11. I guess if there’s one good thing about being naturally paranoid, it’s that I never fell for any of these scams. However, I am very worried for a friend who is totally convinced a Saudi royal prince is going to marry her. He’s sent pictures and a photo of him holding a card that indicates he has officially made her a member of the royal family in UAE. I laughed out loud when she told me but she is serious. Hasn’t met him yet either. So I’m thinking it’s a money laundering scheme and she’s going to be right in the middle. Has anyone else seen this MO? I need to find another instance so I can show/prove it to her. Thanks.

  12. My ex has created a multiple of accounts under my name through her information she has manipulated my Gmail account taken control of it and made various numbers of other accounts attached to that one through her.
    Pearl mendiola

  13. Beware of a Korea living in UK or US claiming to be a marine or civil engineer scamming on ladies falling out of love their money..My friend has been scammed of about 50k..omg!

  14. There’s a name of Victoria justice on Instagram asking for steam card for her phone and saying her husband died in car crash and photo of her and 2 kids

  15. Be on alert: for realperry_84(richard) on Instagram and tweet.scamming women.inpersonateing a army soldiers in Afghanistan has a daughter name sarah,he using her to get women to send him money,for her birthday and other things.he got little money out of me.but I got on to him,he will tell you your beautiful and he falling in love with you,and your the only one for him.dont believe it girls,he very charming.but hes full of lies and hell say he cant call you but he can text you,no addresses bc he cant get mail in Afghanistan. Dont fall for his lies.Do Not Send Him Money.

  16. Scam alert:for realperry_84(richard) using photos of army person,say hes in Afghanistan has a 7 yr.old daughter the nanny take care of in U.S. uses his daughter to try and get you to send iturns,amazons,stream cards to him,he scam he out of money.hes on Instagram.

  17. For the third time in seven months I have been approached by potential scammers on Instagram advising me that I have won a substantial amount of money but that I need to send money from Australia to the United States to receive the money from the Instagram raffle. Please look into this for me on this occasion I have taken a series of photographs of the entire conversation. And I would appreciate a verbal or written response please. Peter Hill

  18. Watch out for stevhollings on Instagram.. impersonating a army individual.. tried to scam me for $200.00 Amazon card saying he wouldn’t be able to keep talking to me because his "wifi connection" and his colleague was getting very upset at him.. anyone asking for money i get skeptical sho i liked this up and then confronted him and told him i was too broke for him to be scamming and said bye.. noooow I’m unfriended lol … he’s a real sweet talker calls you babe and really makes you think you find the one.. soo be careful 🙁

  19. I had been talking to a woman on instagram
    and everything seemed ok until she asked for an Amazon gift card to help her buy a dress for a friends wedding. Obviously this set up a red flag and I blocked her shortly after. Lol it was actually kinda pathetic to think about how stupid they are. She wanted me to buy two $100 gift cards .. scratch the code and send her the number. I replied with a screen shot of this article as well as another one direct from Amazon. I also reported her. Be careful out there!!!

  20. theavidflosser

    BEWARE of IG name "Jehovah_be_praise" .. He has his profile of a Middle Eastern bald guy.. If you confirm on IG, he immediately asks are you a Jehovah’s Witness in faith? Single? Congregation? Have you ever had an online relationship? He tells you he is 57 and does age have anything to do with relationship. Then he insists you get on Hangouts to chat, then he messages / insisting he has a business as he’s German and is single dad of a 13 yo old then sends you pics of an older looking middle aged man with a young daughter, then asks you to wire $ to Istanbul, Turkey. BEWARE.. he uses the name / title CARING HEART. email is gaydeneddielee18@gmail.com

  21. AVOID this IG account/ friend request: Jehovah _be_praise… He befriends MOSTLY single women as he is posing as a Jehovah’s Witness , then starts in with he’s German, 57, wife died 7 years ago, has a 13 yo daughter, then says he’s from East Brooklyn Congregation, then stresses "Love Never Fails." He’s either studied or has had alot of contact with the faith. He will then ask you for $ saying he has had his passport stolen… Then asks you to wire $ to Pedro Owabor in Istanbul, Turkey. He has a Nigerian or African accent. His profile picture on IG is a picture of bald guy with alot of facial hair and appears Middle Eastern.. The pictures he will then send you are of a Middle Eastern Guy with his daughter, etc… He claims to have a business that he has to travel for…. then he will start with the lost passport etc. Beware. His "name" is Gayden Eddie Lee18@gmail.com at this email.

  22. Zstonerus on instagram is a scam. They sell jade. You send money and you never receive your items. They delete comments of people complaining about it on their account.

  23. I’ve been scammed for $2,000 wire transfer from what looks like at least a team of 2 people—one with the now deleted account, “David_lin.n” fake and now disappeared so that won’t help you.

    But I’ve also deactivated my DM and message request features on IG to avoid talking to people like that ever again in the future.

  24. For older guys out there, beware of younger women " Following " you on IG…and then messaging you. They will ask for pictures of you and send you pictures of them that are not risque, but still suggestive. They will say they want to talk to you, but they don’t have a lot of minutes on their phone to talk or text. They will ask you to go out Amazon and buy them gift certificates…ranging from $75 to $100…so they can buy more minutes for their phone. The scam is they will send you scantly clad pictures of them….more than likely not them…for the money. The more you send them, the more they want. They will keep promising more and more pictures and tell you they want to meet you…as long as you send them more money.
    I don’t know about you, but what cell phone provider doesn’t have unlimited calls and texting anymore? I had one such gal try to con me…but since I had read about the scam online…I only went along with it for a day. The scam played out exactly as I described. I then blocked her from seeing my IG account, and reported her to IG, since I copied all her conversations with me and forwarded them to IG.

  25. LaPorche Jones

    Get scammers on Instagram st as they need my personal bank information in order to verify my account and deposit the funds into my account plus pay them 50% and have the funds in 24 hours plus. Call me to stay in contact to make sure the process goes through. Never want my information ruined

  26. t.me@Artemmaslovfun

    This telegram channel t.me/Artemmaslovfun is a Telegram channel of over 400 volunteers from Russian-speaking communities across the world, who are jointly taking actions against cyber fraud and social network scams. We try to spread the information and educate the general public about known scammers, impersonators and fraudsters. Our goal is to do our share in making thr Internet community a safer place free from scammers.
    We would like to report the following individuals:
    Mr. Artyom Maslov (https://www.instagram.com/m_artemofficial/) and his partner/girlfriend /accomplice Ms. Anastasiia Ivanyuk (https://www.instagram.com/anastasiiaofficial/) have been scamming people in fake investment schemes, deposits for business "get successful overnight" trainings, thst never happen, fake UK and USA visa consulting, investment in non-existent companies/startups. They search for victims mainly in Instagram, misleadingly advertising their luxury lifestyle, luring victims into transferring money for various causes that have no intention to materialise. This couple has been seen in Switzerland, France, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), UAE (Dubai), London, (UK), parts of the USA. Ms. Ivanyuk is presently staying in London, UK. Mr. Maslov has ladt been sighted in Muscat, Oman. In the past 24 months, there have been reported scam and fraud cases in excess of 200000 EUR. Both individuals are in their early 20s, Russian citizens, currently evading justice abroad.

  27. Griffin Smith

    She said to me to pay 100 bucks for her premium chat subscription where she will share something more of her with me

  28. ‘lowthegoat’ is a scammer. I had him on my Instagram, for a few years but then I did some research on what he was telling me and clearly a big fat scam

  29. Jess Allen positing vide9s about flipping your 200 to 4000. scam. I was caught but i learnt my lesson il make that money back in no time. Western union or monegram. videos look real dont do it.

  30. Brittnie Doran

    Glammclout is a scam used to go by the name glammcast. They told me they would feature my hair page for more followers and a fee of 40 bucks. They have 98k followers and several posts featuring hair stylists so I tried it and then they blocked me.

  31. “Posted By: Samar
    SCAM ALERT! do not trust the following people when they approach you about Forex trading or investments, they scammed me and i never got my money back. They are in toronto Canada. @Mahdifications (Mahdi al hussain), and Haszti. AVOID AT ALL COSTS”

    I am Mahdi Al Hussain. This is a comment which was posted here, I can tell you with proof that I was not responsible for any of that. Please remove that comment.

  32. New Scammer on IG for Nigerians… @open_loan_ have tried reporting but dont know to report that the page is owned by a scammer

  33. I was just a post on Instagram about Flippin $250 to 6500In 30 to 45 minutes through Western Union I almost believed him and I just seen this video

  34. Beware of a guy called himself Etem Ofosu on Instagram (etem_ofosu131). Here is what he just wrote me on Instagram:

    I offer my hand of friendship and believe you will accept me with good heart, I read your profile and was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am etem ofosu, A banker by profession working as Director, Finance Officer with Ghana Commercial Bank Ltd. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you, because it is in connection with your last You are going to benefit from it A citizen of your country Late Mr Gabriel Sorin Has a fixed deposit with my bank in 2005 for 108 calendar months valued at US$15,500,000 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit was last 22nd of January 2014. Sadly Gabriel was among the death victims in the May 11 2007 fatal accident in Ghana involving seven vehicles near Awutu-Effutu-Senya district in the Central Region of Accra where thirty-five people died Late Mr Gabriel Sorin did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened and Mr. Gabriel was not married and no children. Recently, my Bank Management requested that I should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract. I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Gabriel is dead and do not have any Heir they will take the funds for their personal I don’t want such to happen.

    That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you. I shall perfect all legal documents in your names to make you the beneficiary to the funds, There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach.

    It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, so I am suggesting we share the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties.
    Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as confidential for security purpose. Keep and treat as TOP SECRET to avoid intruders.

  35. get_help_here_now is a scam bilking money from poor people baiting by offering financial and switching to a need for me to pay transfer fee up front

  36. SCAM ALERT! do not trust the following people when they approach you about Forex trading or investments, they scammed me and i never got my money back. They are in toronto Canada. @Mahdifications (Mahdi al hussain), and Haszti. AVOID AT ALL COSTS

  37. DO NOT BUY FROM Designer_inspiredwardrobex
    scamming a lot of people out of a lot of money once you pay they block you

  38. Iqos world heets and iqos boss on Instagram is scam. They have different accounts. Also on the pages there is a link to the site worldiqos.com, but this site does not exist. Don’t order them. You will never receive your order and lose your money

  39. Look out for Sanda.elia.133, asks for nude pictures sends some of herself then blocks you, obviously tring to steal pictures

  40. I have been on instagram for about 4 months I have had a lot of women wonting to follow me so over time I added them seemingly got to now them well then they started asking for gift cards and money plus swooping pics I think I better report it to police

  41. I was scammed on Instagram by someone using photos of grant cardone … he said he was Anderson griffin! Didn’t get to the point of the scam ! Probably for money somehow but look out!

  42. On Instagram @ Will_stev0 none as “William Stevens” has multiple accounts under different names, with stolen pictures of an army soldier. Pretends to be this soldier, widowed, looking for a wife for his “child”. Lures woman to fall in love with them, asks for money, and pictures.

  43. Danielle Taylor

    scalvin848@gmail also under James Sandberg in hang outs. Asks for nude pics. Won’t video chat at all gets annoyed when requested to.

  44. Watch out for Davederek2134 on instagram. He’s very flirtatious and tries to tell you what you want to hear. He will ask you about what you do for work. He says he’s in the marines based in Houston Texas as an engineer. He will call you babe and tell you sweet nothings. Then ask you to do a favor. In order to keep in touch with him, his base “doesn’t have WiFi.” He will tell you where he’s at, they don’t have what he needs at the mall there to stay in touch with you so he will ask you for an iTunes card so you can keep in touch with him. One of the biggest scams ever. iTunes. Ha. Even ask for your phone number to get more info about you. Stay away. He’s no good. The picture he sends you is a guy in a military uniform that reads “Derequesensneves” on his shirt.

  45. I was approached by Lawrence Miller, single father with three kuds. A fracture and knee specialist on ig. We chat for a day then later he asked me to chat on hangouts. I never knew then what was his intention. I thought it was just friendly chat. Until one day he asked help from me asking money coz his youngest daughter Hazel below 4years old was "sick". But i did not sent money. Then i blocked him on hangouts. Then recently i discovered he has a another public account on ig with the name Johnny Caffaro. I found it out when iI goigle reversed his pic on his fake account named Lawrence Miller. I blocked him then. Now his public ig account Johnny Cafarro was blank. He hid all his pictures there. Maybe he knew that i had looked into it coz he blocked me on his real public ig account. I want him blocked both his account so he won’t victimized any innocent women on ig

  46. Tried to get scammed by a Edward Lawson on it as Edwardlawson603. Instantly wanted to be friends n hangouts Edwardlawson608@gmail.com. from buffalo ny. Working at gran earth construction. As soon as he requested money curse he was in an I dependent job in gaza strip Palestin .I said sorry friend ask your parents or the coworker .he got upset. I blocked him on Instagram and hangouts..called his so called employer. Owners had no clue who he was but had seen the guy In the area.
    Next day get gmail Edward. You have gotten me in a lot trouble with my boss. I told him oh they lied .he said yes they are protecting them selves. I told him .move on leave me alone.. I said prove who you are video chat. No way he would. I don’t know who guy in pictures is tried google images did work. I believe the voice behind the pictures is from Africa could not understand a word he said..he being taken for ride that going to end bad for him.

  47. Please beware of follow requests and answering messages. There are tons of fake accounts and people faking to be someone else. Especially soliders and engineers. Sooner or later they all want one thing. Your money. These are scammers..so be aware,

  48. Look out for mick____jagger
    At first conversation is
    simple and unassuming.
    Then posing as The Mick Jagger cons you
    Asks you to purchase a $100 Amazon gift card for "him" to authorize a backstage pass for any concert to meet the band.
    Tells you sorry but the numbers on the card are invalid and to try another.
    When told couldn’t conversation revealed that the Queens English was Not his first language. In an attempt to smooth over the loss.
    This person gave a phone # and said to text him. Found that it was an Ann Arbor, Michigan #
    +1-734-219-4148
    Very sad that this person
    Was using a kind benevolent person like Sir Mick to scam people.
    We’re Not answering any more IG from that one.
    But today received a message wondering why not answering, saying that it was " bad for not
    answering." Starting to really sound like a limited understanding of English.
    How do we cut them loose? Can these types be blocked?

  49. I don’t even know the name of the company/user as they go by city speed.org or 6th heaven or 5th heaven. I bought 2 electric scooters JoyA, received an email confirmation and the links on the email direct me to unavailable websites. I’m still “waiting” for the scooters to arrive as they said they will take from 14 to 21 days and I bought them on the 26th of September. The email also said I could follow a link to see my order status and also the link is unavailable. This was one of the “sponsored” ads on Instagram and it looked legitimate. Please if someone knows anything about this or has experienced the same, please let me know.

  50. Instagram user name Ricky_jobs. His profile picture looks like a decorated officer. Says he is a single father of two beautiful children. Proud Army. Said he was on a peace keeping mission in Syria. Sent picture in full gear. He asked for money for everything from calling cards to food and tuition for his children. That was in the beginning. I sent $100 calling card to see where this was going. Cheating ex turned me into a detective. So this person couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me what his rank was or what base he was from. Then get told me he lost everything in they fires that happened in an attack. Did i have a credit card or bank account. Nope, worked in cc fraud. He said he lost everything. I said well i was sure that the military would take care of everything he need. When i asked about his passport and visa he said those were okay. But he lost everything. I said all he had to do was notify the cc company and they would replace his cards. Icome from a military family and some are still active duty. Some have served in combat zones and i have one brother was in the Marine Corps for 20 years. And then knew people who were unrepentant contractors. So Ricky jobs suddenly says they were being transferred to Africa and telling me where they were going and how much money they stood to make. Nobody in the service ever can say or know those kind of things.Ricky_jobs on instragram. I have reported him. He starts off as a sweet talker and then comes the requests for money.

  51. The latest is IG boutiques asking girls as young as 14 to DM for collaboration. They trick them.into buying and usually have 2 or 3 similar accounts. I can name a few. They block users who complain and once they reach a certain goal they delete one account and eventually disappear

  52. @getthehelpyouneedhere or kathywarren002@gmail.com

    I posted my very sick sisters gofundme page and I was messaged by this Instagram account saying they can help donate id just need to send them an email. When I did they asked me for a “refundable” pa

  53. Had a woman ask me for a Amazon gift card similar to a comment below acted like she wanted to pursue a relationship usernames dacia_amber_love I didn’t send her one but some poor sucker might have.

  54. Robert Okadji

    I would never suggest buying fake likes and followers. The more you buy the fewer people can see you post in the Instagram feed. Do often check your account to improve your ER with – https://fakelikes.info/ . You are also able to check any Influencer (Insta-blogger) if you are a brand owner.

  55. I have been scammed on Instagram, here with the scammer ig : markmueller147. His ig photos are fake, he asked me to send money to third parties, I got lost USD.100,000.

  56. my_modpath.com is pretending to be be a representative of Mac cosmetic and had the nerve to inbox me so she could give me Mac products, caught again Instagram AGAIN!! Every time I log in now. This is very serious. Thank you Linda Zubrin

  57. Somebody has given my phone number +919842350335 wrongly as iphone seller. So I’m receiving unnecessary calls.Kindly remove this number from Instagram

  58. How to Scam a Scammer:
    It may not be the most appropriate thing to do, but I know the number one rule, never give money to get money. Unless your a writer like I am or your a business owner then perhaps you may have to give some to get some. Recently, I was contacted on Instagram by a so-called lottery winner who was giving away $50,000 and was sending it through FedEx. He even went as far as giving me a tracking number. So, I gave him a fake address and a fake name, then he suggested I sent him a $200 Walmart gift card for processing fees. So, I proceeded to tell him no thank you, I’m already wealthy, but since he was already helping others, I wouldn’t mind helping if he paid the processing fee for me I told him I’d send him triple the amount back to continue helping others. As to be expected I still haven’t received the $50,000 and I also reported him. For people who have gotten scammed, my heart goes out to you. It’s unfortunate that people take advantage of other people, but there are still people who care and try to help. Never send money to receive a gift.

  59. I joined instergram ,and saw a sight for Matt Damon ,so sent a fan message ,got a reply thinking this is Matt Damon ,then I got sent a hangout mail address ( mattdamonhic@gmail.com,) I thought wow , now the sting ,after a day or 2 chatting ,me thinking this is Matt Damon , till wed 27th June ,the person ask if I could help him ,struggling to get game cards ,can you help me ,told him don’t no how to do this he explained what to do ,and asked if I would get him $200 card penny dropped ,I don’t think Matt Damon should dream of asking that ,this person was pleading please help , he his passing himself off as the actor Matt Damon , don’t think the real MATT will be happy ,this person trying to scam his fans

  60. I’ ‘ve just experienced a scam on Instagram, the guy’s account is : markmueller147, he called himself a Us military base doctor. I’ve transfer the payment of USD. 7220 to the account that he indicated me to bank in. He also asked me to help him use his own account to transfer the money , which I’ve found out a money laundering issue. I"ve already report to the police about this case. Hope Instagram management will look into this fake account. To avoid any future victims could be trapped by this man.

  61. Steven Palchinski

    @Jessicamorgan105 has been asking me for money via gift cards and helping transfer money from a relative since she didn’t have a bank account.

  62. Someone is masquerading as ComeyOfficial and is using James Comey’s actual photos. He sent private messages which were leading up to asking for money or worse. Beware!

  63. Majesticwigs is a scam selling wigs and puppies stealing pics from other people pages thank god I got my $ back once u pay she blocks u

  64. RE: Instagram Purchase Scam

    I’ll NEVER trust one of their “sponsored” adverts again!

    I Got scammed $300 bucks for a Mavic Pro combo package promo. If it “seems” too good to be true – IT IS!! Limited offer through Realtor Drone Shop, charged to my card by “Castle Capital” in CANADA associated with a China company and seems to be run by middle eastern scum! They did this supposed promo through Instagram so I thought Instagram would have vetted their “sales” which now I highly doubt Instagram does JACK to check all those sales they allow – but still make money off of them. Seller claims because of promo – it will take 15 – 20 BUSINESS days to ship. BS!! Their crap website went up only THREE days before this crap promo and RIGHT after 15 business days – the website disappeared, as well as any status to my “order” link I was provided. It also seems Shopify.com is either IN on the scam, but if nothing else – they facilitate the scam. Company in Canada thatcharged my card – NEVER answers their phone, just like Shopify, and to date – “seller”. (Ha ha ha!!) has never answered a single email! Low life scums!! At least I’m oritected by my card company, but you just eish the earth would open up and swallow low life scum like this. Either that, or give me 5 minutes with them in a locked room! And FORGET INSTAGRAM!! They don’t care! They’re getting kick backs from those scam sales AND… you won’t ever get help from them. Hell… you can’t even contact REAL help let alone get any!

  65. mr_help_ is a money scam. He wants your username, password to your online banking account and is pretending to be a business man. No website is provided, no phone number, and no real name. I want to help people so they don’t fall for these things. Never give up your personal info.

  66. The Purty Kitty is a free jewelry giveaway scam. After placing my order (from Korea, so it was more expensive than usual, $18,99), I got an email saying that my order was placed but no more replies came when I contacted them after that. Now their site is closed, and my $18.99 is nowhere to be found.

  67. I was almost scammed by someone claiming to be Thomas Rhett. @thomassrhettakins with a diamond next to it. Similar to a previous commentor below, I was also contacted by this person and led to install hangouts on my phone. I was offered a job with his band management.

  68. Scammed by a person pretending to be same hunt he started following me on Instagram then immediately wanted me to get hang outs. Wanted me to work with his fan management but requested me to get an iTunes card of 65.00 and send a pic as well as my bank cards online access and credit cards..I didn’t but it was close he actually had a pic of Sam hunts drivers li scene. I’m so passed over this sam hunt if u read this just know that someone is using u to get money from people

  69. LUSHCHOIXE on Instagram is a scam. Looks very real and has thousand of followers. Advertise luxury footwear and clothing. They ask you for payment by bank transfer then block you and dont send goods. It is still advertisng now. Please don’t anyone else be fooled by these people. It is 100% fake and needs to be shut down. LUSHCHOIXE Exclusive Personal Shopper on Instagram totally FAKE

  70. I was approached on Instagram by 3 women claiming to be interested in me and wanted to be friends. Soon after they would present that they are in a crisis and ask for help by sending them money. One of the 3 specifically asked for an iTunes gift card where they will retrieve the money. The other asked for money to be paid via moneygram. The last girl wanted a Amazon gift card also to retrieve the money from it.
    The dialogue with them would last weeks where they played me into developing some kind of attachment with them. The fact that all 3 girls had similarities and there appeared to be too many coincidences, this then made me aware that I was being conned. Once I refused them the money I would not hear from them again. These people whoever they are create false Instagram profiles using pictures of attractive women. Please do not trust anyone who randomly choses you to establish a friendship or possible relationship. Once they have established a connection they tend to take the scam away from Instagram and use hangout.

  71. I was approached on Instagram by a man name James Norckie he wanted me to friend request him on Hangout so I did and he claimed he is working on a project building and will be finished in about 2 weeks and he said that they will be paying him 1.9 million and he says his location is in Lagos, Nigeria and he said he needed my help by helping of sending some money and to even receive and send back through either western union or moneygram and he also told me to if they send money from Nigeria that the receiver would have to activate the account by sending $50 to be able to receive money and of course I said no. And I deleted and blocked. And there is another one name David Lauren using a military pic came from instagram and is on Hangout asking for help of transferring money onto a Walmart Bank Card of course I refused and its scam. Beware people

  72. I was told there is free 50,000 grant money. I had to send $1,000 in order to get money. They set up profile pretending to be the person I know. The agent name was Chris Collins.

  73. My husband got a Instagram message from a Patricia Johnson from a Fiance Business Loan stating that if he puts 100.00 dollars on Western Union Card . She will flip it for 1,000 dollars. He told her that we have no business. But, she said that didn’t matter. She was very pushy and I told him we were not going to do it. She wanted his name and phone number. I told him that people like that are never real. We didn’t do it of course. But, just wanted to let you know about this.

  74. christina jefferies

    @uk_goods_ltd advertises goods for sale on instagram. Money is forwarded but goods not received. Refund ignored and then you are blocked to follow. Not good.

  75. Just got scammed by Divonte Lawrence for 350.00. I wish I had put a security on it. I do still have all the text messages. Its a shame. I won’t do it again.

  76. I’ve won a contest that I am 95% sure is legit; however, to claim my won concert tickets I have to go to the concert and claim them with my ID at the door. Is this how this is done?
    I did enter an IG contest to win the tickets, and the info on the IG acct matches the info on the band’s website. Plus they emailed me when I asked them these questions.
    Shirley

  77. Hey folks, just recently my friend got scammed on IG by legit_moneyflip, which is complete BS. He gave 1000.00 which was promised to be 10.000, like everyone has mentioned they add the "0" to the acct. and you give them a reference # an then you go pick it up an ur done. 30-45 min turned into 5 days for him an a lot of borrowed money from me. Talking thousands here( all together he got scammed for a lot of cash by some low lives). So yesterday I went on IG to see what he was talking about an too see if I can get into contact with them BC I wanted my cash back. Pretty much the same run ard but a different contact which went by the name on IG as jeffery_ando. I didn’t want to go as big as my friend so went as low as possible 150.00, you make 1500.00 his cut 300.00, just to kinda mess with him I said I’ll give him 400.00 of that. Sir there’s a transaction fee of 300.00 an then I can release the cash to you, he also said 30-45 min at 12pm. I just asked for the 150 back and a lot ? After that. Where are you from? How old are you? What’s your real name? Never responded to those questions, just a response of do you want this money or should I delete your act. From there I knew it was a scam but I just felt like getting these low life’s caught for what they did. So I sent the 300.00 but I put a security ? On it. So I sent them the # but didn’t tell him there was ? On it to get the money. I wanted to see if he wld give me the ref # back which I knew was fake 33456789 Cmon man. So he didn’t get the 300.00 bc I wld give him the answer. So today as I woke up I have missed calls an txt from the same area which is Michigan. The agent had his friend call me acting like a tech guy saying he needs another 150.00 for the release of the 1500.00 bc there’s a block on it an he needs to get paid for releasing those funds. Lol go get a job bro. Like I said I knew I was getting scammed but I wanted to know the whole process from finish to end. So I sent the 150.00 as I did before too the name of divonte Lawrence from Detroit MI, dumb tech guy ur sitting right next to the agent that I spoke too, I don’t hear any typing or papers flipping when I was talking to him, the best part was he couldnt touch that cash bc again I put a security ? On it. He calls asks what the answer is. Young ghetto man I’m not giving you that answer, unless I see the cash 1st. I can’t do it without the password. Sure thing low life. My man if ur a legit hacker you don’t need me to tell you that… Not even 2 min later he calls and says lose my number u got played 3 times. I start laughing bc he has no clue I know it all was a scam. Folks these 4 guys got me for 600.00 and my buddy for 7000.00 I didn’t go deep into his story but it was the same process but through Western Union an I went through MG bc I didn’t want my info out there. On IG if you look at the hashtags below the BS an tap on them its people there asking to download friend an comments to enhance the chances of them making an easy scam an to intrigue you w quick money. Yes it was dumb of me to do this but I can tell you this I have a lot of info on this scam an a lot of txt from all 4 perps. If you know a cop or fraud agency that wants to take these low life’s off the streets please tell them to contact me email, more then gladly to help you out. im not looking for my cash back, well maybe my buddy is lol but I want to know why people can get away with this on social media, it’s absurd that IG an FB can be able to promote this. If you can’t keep tabs on the well being of the people on ur site u shouldn’t be up an running. Stay safe

  78. http://instagram.com/johnny_got_thefreaks/

    He instructs you to send money to John Rogers in Cleveland Ohio and that he will add a zero to the transaction and then forward it directly back to you.

    He is an instagram scammer. He changes his name weekly and always has different numbers. He claims he is a moneygram assistant manager "flipper" once he gets the money he stops responding. He blocks and deletes you off instagram. His account is private and he usually adds people that look young, "broke" and impressionable.

    He works in tandem with guys in on his scam. North_blvd and an account he made up called jimmer__winslow.

  79. has anyone been scammed by a instagram user @beendoinshit , its seems like a normal person but they talk about flipping money and have pictures with a bunch of money… I don’t know if they are a scam artist but If anyone comes across her I wouldn’t do it if I were you..

  80. I was scam by $300.00 I want my money back! Her name is Jessica_Burma321
    The just took my money on instagram! I reported it to theft they td me contact instagram for my money back

  81. theepointe is an Instagram name that runs a fake clothes site. Myself and several others found out it was as scam after ordering and paying by credit card then receiving anything. Myself and the people I know that got scammed left comments to warn others that it was scam and they were immediately deleted and then blocked so we cannot even warn others now.

    I spent $198 and was charged October 8, 2014 and to this day never got the merchandise or a refund.

    If you look at the comments you can see others that they haven’t deleted yet that are still trying to reach them but I have yet to find one person that actually got their merchandise. They also run a website which is https://www.thepointe.co I’ve submitted it to several fraud sites but no one can seem to get them removed.

    I can provide a receipt for purchase and several emails from the company showing they are a scam.
    Thanks,
    Jodi Kirk

  82. Beware of Instagram user Lavishlily1. She claims to work at American Express and can "add 0 in the system" to whatever you load or she claims to do legit loans. She post different pics on IG along with "testimonials" from her clients. She also claims to run different specials. She will send you a pic of the card that you "MUST" purchase and once she gets the money, she deletes and blocks you on IG. The phone number that she uses for her contact info is 315-658-1220. She will no longer respond once she gets paid.

  83. instagram – _iphone6wholesale FAKE ACCOUNT DON’T BUY SCAMMED ME FOR MY MONEY! HELP ME REPORT HIM! TELL EVERYONE. His phone number is 1(847)312-8319

  84. Bmclothes instagram account scammed me! She posts pics of cute stuff claiming to be selling it. If your interested she has you contact her on kik. Once you told her what you would like to buy she asks tht u send a pic before you send it. I did all this and within a day she blocked me on instagram and kik!

  85. This information is true because they are people who are scamming each othee and saying instagram is gonna delete your account its a lie cuz they never delete it beaware of the people

  86. Hi,

    Beware of instagram user; http://instagram.com/giggity_giggity_goo_alright

    Her name is keyston taha . Address is Richardson Texas 75080, USA.

    She will ask you to ship merchandise to her in exchange for sharing in social media, by sending email everyday to you asking to send and if you have sent out.

    After receiving items, she does not do that. Do not send her items.

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