As if there was not enough shade in the Instagram world from comment pods, buying engagements and likes and following to unfollow the latest greatest way to cheat your way to followers is through the Zara Canada Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic.
In law we call this both passing off and misrepresentation where something or someone looks like and acts the like real deal but is really a scam.
STEP ONE create an account and make it look like a real new account
STEP TWO offer gift cards to entice people to follow
STEP THREE offer a code to be given 24-48 hours after a promotion is made for the page on Instagram stories
STEP FOUR gain followers
STEP FIVE check for code and realize that Zara Canada is now someone else such as Amanda Baynes who has great content coming soon who bought her account.
STEP SIX create other accounts and repeat steps 1-5
My biggest wonder is how many people will actually stay following once they check for their code and see it’s a new account they lost my follow already.
I wrote this story to warn other not to fall for the scam and also because Instagram needs to step up their reporting game. They shadow ban legit accounts and withhold people’s likes but do not have any way to report accept its spam and it’s in apropriate they allow no elaboration like Facebook so by the time the check the account in a few months it will look real and won’t be taken down. Who knows how many times this scam has gone on prior to me noticing it yesterday because I see at least two more pop up today.
What do you think about this latest way to get followers have you experienced this before?