31 Comments

  1. kattieh
    September 20, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Those comments really annoy me too. How long do they really spend looking at your posts? When I see that I have to pay a fee, that makes alarm bells ring!

    • September 20, 2018 / 8:27 am

      I know right?! I think they’ve got bots set up to post that on accounts which use a particular hashtag and don’t bother actually looking at the content of your feed!

  2. jazziepickles
    October 21, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I can not stand these Instagram accounts. I get a comment like this at least once every post. If not then a DM with some shitty scheme to ‘Collab’
    lol blocked, byeeeeeeeeee!
    I feel for this once when I first started blogging because I thought it was genuine! I was offered a 30% discount on a set of brushes to ‘promote’ Stupidly spent £19 on a brush set I never actually wanted or needed. Funnily enough, I never got reposted or contacted again after that.

    • October 21, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      No wayyy!!!! I would have been pissed the fuck off! I nearly fell for it before I thought it sounded weird and googled it, glad I bloody did! I delete all the comments now cos they piss me off!

  3. December 6, 2018 / 4:34 am

    Hot Miami Shades and Unicorn Eyewear have both contacted me! I knew it was a scam simply because I don’t have many followers-not the obvious choice for an influencer. Who am i gonna influence-all 200 of my followers?😂

    • December 8, 2018 / 12:43 am

      Ahh they’ve commented on so many of my posts that I just delete them all now 😂😂

  4. nita m
    December 24, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    Have you ever heard of the brand “small wave company”? Im not sure if they’re legit or not and was wondering if maybe you had ever gotten contacted by them. It wasnt very generic feeling because they had followed me for sometime but only recently attempted to contact me by commenting on my recent photo. Their instagram is @swavebrands if you wanted to check it out

    • December 25, 2018 / 9:37 am

      I haven’t heard of them before – did you DM them? If it’s not generic I normally do as you never know!

      • nita m
        December 25, 2018 / 1:53 pm

        Hey! so i did end up DM’ing them and they did reply. This is word for word:

        “Hi! thanks for the DM! We have launched our first collection ever and so far its going 🔥! Our team is expanding, people love to be our Ambassador and we would love to have YOU be part of this too. With your discounted ordered shirt you can earn 💶 by influencing! LET US KNOW! ⚡️”

        what do you think? i dont think you should have to pay for their merch to become an ambassador!

        • December 25, 2018 / 1:54 pm

          Definitely not – anyone that says you need to buy to be an ambassador is taking the piss!

        • Lexie
          March 25, 2019 / 8:33 pm

          I actually was the googling the company myself! They followed me and then dmed me with that exact same paragraph word for word! Glad now I know it’s a scam that was a close one! 😅

          • March 25, 2019 / 9:00 pm

            Haha!! It sounds like they’re doing it a lot more lately, I’ve had loads of comments on this post!

  5. nita m
    December 25, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Hey! so i did end up DM’ing them and they did reply. This is word for word:

    “Hi! thanks for the DM! We have launched our first collection ever and so far its going 🔥! Our team is expanding, people love to be our Ambassador and we would love to have YOU be part of this too. With your discounted ordered shirt you can earn 💶 by influencing! LET US KNOW! ⚡️”

    what do you think? i dont think you should have to pay for their merch to become an ambassador!

  6. January 1, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    I fell for the “Hot Miami Shades” scam. I figured I needed a new pair of glasses anyway, so might as well right? Well, here we are 3 months later with nothing to show other than a charge to my card that I’m currently disputing. I read on their site that if I dispute the “ambassador” price they will not only win the claim but come back and charge the FULL PRICE for the item. I’ve filed with BBB as well. If I see that bogus charge my next stop will be the Miami police to file a theft report and the Attorney General’s fraud department. I’m not playing around with this company.

    • January 1, 2019 / 10:18 pm

      WOW!! I read up on them a lot and saw quite a few videos with people explaining pretty much what you’ve said above! I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with this crap, but hope you let us know how you get on!

  7. January 30, 2019 / 5:02 pm

    Omg THANK YOU so much for this post! I got contacted by xoxo 5th ave and unicorn sunglasses last night and have been searching and searching for info! I just started about a month ago on IG and am new to this besides running a blog. I haven’t been able to find any info on whether or not you should buy a product to become an ambassador. I had a gut feeling that no you shouldn’t have to PAY to advertise for someone!! But wasn’t completely sure if it was actually something most influencers do! I’m not in a position to anyways so I always politely decline or counter offer (which they never respond) but didn’t know if I was blowing my chances at all this!!! Funny you have the exact companies I was contacted by. Def won’t ever pay for a product to advertise for someone else!!!

    • January 30, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      How funny!! Glad you found it helpful – I did the same when I was contacted and knew I should write a post so these scammers don’t get their way after I found more companies doing the same and videos on YouTube of girls telling their stories about unfortunate encounters!

      • Rebeca
        February 27, 2019 / 2:50 pm

        Thank u por this post. It was so helpful. I was going to buy a bag from @vipereshop cause I was offered 50% discount and receive a code to promote them . Now I know thanks to this article that I should never pay to be an ambassador. Thanks

        • February 28, 2019 / 5:32 pm

          You’re welcome! Glad it’s helped someone steer clear!

  8. February 28, 2019 / 5:10 pm

    Thank you for this! I just got THREE on my latest blog post and was curious if any where legit. This was very helpful. I figured none of them were considering they were all about 20 seconds after my post went live haha

    • February 28, 2019 / 5:33 pm

      Three’s a lot! I normally get about 2 on mine – so I know they’re on fire if I get more than that 😂 glad to have helped!

  9. Celia
    March 9, 2019 / 7:26 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I was contacted by Unicorn Eyewear and told a model and influencer agency @globalinluenceragency saw my page and wanted to collab. I sent them my details and they sent my an offer that was only valid for TODAY. Thanks to my gut telling me something wasn’t right and google I have avoided a scam. The fact I don’t have that many followers on my instagram account was a big sign. Plus I looked at the website and the products look cheap and tacky and unlike anything I would wear.
    Again thank you so much for this post.

    • March 9, 2019 / 11:28 am

      Glad that I could help! I’ve been getting so many more of these comments on my Instagram lately so I’m not sure what’s going on!

  10. Nels
    March 16, 2019 / 3:05 am

    Omg! Thank you! I got cantacted by xoxo…and filled out my information but didn’t order anything! Hopefully they won’t do anything else!

    • March 17, 2019 / 10:43 am

      Ahh you’re welcome! I’ve been getting so many more DM’s and comments lately, it’s like this whole thing is booming!!

  11. Babygiitl
    March 18, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    Daamn… i should have googled xoxo5thavenue before. I got a comment and got too excited i just started a make up inst page and i ordered 2 tee-shirts. And now they haven’t replied to any off my emails, I’ll still wait for the order to come I’ll post pictures to see what happens then or to see if it was just so I buy products. Im so mad now

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      Oh gutted!! Make sure to check back and let me know how you get on!

    • Jaimee
      March 22, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Omg I did they exact same thing with xoxo5thavenue I bought a tee-shirt and still haven’t received anything I am worried for what they might do tho.

      • March 22, 2019 / 9:21 pm

        Oh no how long ago was that?! Let me know how you get on!

  12. Jaimee Farland
    March 22, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    If I did fall for the scam and I bought something will they steal my money ??

    • March 22, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      I haven’t heard of people being charged extra money, but if you don’t receive anything and they don’t respond, I’d contact your bank and let them know so they know not to process any payments to them xx

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