According to Liza Minnelli, money makes the world go round. The major issue is essentially how people make this money. Today another scheme has surfaced with Instagram scammers finding ways to get paid to ban and recover accounts.
Instagram Scammers Getting Paid To Ban and Recover Accounts
According to The Motherboard, there is an industry abusing Instagram’s mechanisms for removing impersonating content to harass users on the platform. According to screenshots, interviews, and other material by Motherboard, some users are purposefully targeting and banning Instagram accounts at will.
These scam artists are setting up and advertising professional ban-as-a-service offerings so anyone can harass or censor others. According to their listing, War charges $60 (KES 6200)per ban. One advertisement reads:
“We have been professionally banning since 2020 and have top-tier experience. We may not have the cheapest prices, but trust me you are getting what you are paying for.”
How It Works
The scammers note that users target their exes or people they have a grudge with. Sometimes it’s even just to ruin someone’s business Maybe ruining their business. To do this they use an impersonation method. They get a verified IG account and change their profile to look exactly like the target’s account. This includes the bio, name, profile photo etc. They then go ahead to report the target for impersonation once and boom, they are gone.
Some even go to the extent of fraudulently reporting accounts for violating Instagram’s policy on suicide or self-injury. After this, the same scammers who offer ban-as-a-service also offer to restore accounts for users. This will cost them more, ranging up to KES 300,000.
Instagram notes that it is investigating sites that offer to ban. Also, if you note such behaviour, you should report people you suspect are guilty of this kind of activity.