It’s been a good few months since I wrote my initial post on scam influencer accounts on Instagram and I’ve had a lot of traffic, comments and questions since it was published. A lot of similar themes have cropped up, so in order to be helpful to my wonderful readers, I thought I’d put together a quick guide on what you need to do when you’re contacted, if you’re hesitant, if you’ve purchased something and if you’re pretty sure/know you’ve been scammed.
It’s unfortunate that these vile cretins exist, but alas they do and we’re not here for that kind of shit. So let’s talk about what to do in these unfortunate scenarios.
I’ve been contacted by a company that have said they’ll help me grow my following if I buy and feature one of their products, what should I do?
As per my original post, you shouldn’t have to pay to collaborate or be featured on an account – true collaborations are ones where an item is gifted and a true sponsorship is one where you’re paid to talk about a company.
I’ve bought something from a potential scam account but I’m not sure if they’re legit, how can I tell?
Again, this was covered in my original post, but a few tell-tale signs of a scam account are;
- Heavily discounted products with a promise of being featured on their main account
- Having to pay upfront postage for an item to be sent to you (the only thing you might have to pay is a customs charge depending on where the item is being shipped from)
- Paying for products as a brand ambassador
I’ve bought something and loads of people have said it’s a scam, what should I do?
Wait until you’ve received your product – if it takes longer than 2 weeks to arrive, contact your bank or Paypal to let them know what’s happened so they can block any future payments (this is a safeguard more than anything and doesn’t mean that they’ll try to take more money from your account) and potentially see if you can get your money back.
If it arrives and it’s poor quality, contact the company, ask for a refund and as your bank/PayPal to block any future payments going out to them again.
I’ve been scammed, what should I do?
Okay, you need to follow all of the above steps which broken down are;
- Contact the company and follow their process for parcels not being received
- If you’ve followed their process to no avail, contact your bank/PayPal to see if they can get your money back and block future payments
- Return the product if you received one and follow their returns process
- Call them out on social media – I mean, this one is optional but I’m the kind of person that wants to warn people about dodginess on the internet (hence this post), so by calling them out publicly, they might not have a choice but to respond
- ALWAYS PAY WITH PAYPAL!!
An updated list of Instagram scam accounts
With time, more scam accounts are created by the day, so I thought to finish off I’d provide you with an updated list of scammers so you don’t get caught out in the flattery of “OMG Babe you’d be perfect for our brand, DM me to talk about collaborating!”
- Chic Wishlist
- Hot Miami Shades
- XOXO 5th Avenue
- Nora NYC
- Unicorn Eyewear
- New Desire NYC (this looks like a new one that’s potentially buying likes as their latest post has a couple of thousand and their usual doesn’t peak above 100)
- Karisland – offer “Ambassadors” 50% discount
- Risqué Labels (formerly Miss Luxe – the name change and password protected website brings all kinds of questions)
- Bombshellaa (as requested by the very helpful reader Maria – she actually found the products she’d ordered but hadn’t received on Wish for $3 when she’d paid around $30!)
- RG&B (as requested by another helpful reader called Zachary – many fellow bloggers that were sponsored didn’t receive their parcels and some people like him that had paid, didn’t receive anything at all!)
I haven’t linked to the above sites as I don’t want to help their DA ranking (if you know, you know), but a quick search online should shed some light on the dodgy goings on. Let me know if you’ve got any more that I can add to the above list and if you have any further questions you’d like some help with – I’m more than happy to continue adding to the list so we’re all in the know!