Scam alert: Users falling for phony offers on Instagram

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BY HEATHER MASSEY

If you are active on Instagram, watch out for this newly popular con. Phony companies are reaching out to users and offering them perks in exchange for posting product pictures. In the end, though, these “brand ambassadors” just end up losing money.

The scam starts when a “company” contacts you through your social media account or blog. They want to know if you would be interested in becoming a “brand ambassador.” It sounds like a great gig as all you need to do is post photos of yourself using their product. In exchange, the company will give you a commission, send free products and provide exposure for your account.

 

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