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5 Risks of Buying Fake Instagram Followers

What You’re Really Risking When You Buy Instagram Followers

There are plenty of services out there offering free Instagram followers, but all they’re really giving you is a support group full of empty shells – not real customers. Many businesses keep hundreds to thousands of fake Instagram accounts with made up names or jumbled letters and numbers, all for the purpose of following clients’ Instagram and boosting their numbers.

Buying followers doesn’t help the user, however, since they aren’t real people with the ability to buy products or spread word-of-mouth reviews. In fact, loading your Instagram with fake followers can actually hurt you if you aren’t careful. The risks of buying fake Instagram followers is real – risks that reach well beyond just getting scammed.

Putting Your Money and Identity on the Line
There have been multiple reviews of Buy Instagram Followers websites recently, to flesh out the scam artists and see if there are any real benefits to buying into these promises. Some such websites were caught hacking user Instagrams and making them pay for virtual coins, which amounted to money the user never saw again. It’s easy to fall prey to a site that’s guaranteeing you likes and followers if you enter your Instagram login credentials, but be warned – sites that ask for this sensitive information are sure to be using it in ways they aren’t telling you up front.

Getting Trapped by Hidden Fees
Most “Buy Instagram Followers” websites will advertise a low one-time fee, such as $1.99 for 100 followers, but often don’t tell you about continuing payments to keep those followers or else you’ll lose them without notice. If you want those followers to engage with your Instagram, such as getting them to like photos or post comments, it’s an additional recurring fee.

Turning Off Real Followers
If you’re using Instagram for your business, buying followers does not equal sales, engagement, or a real-looking business profile. Most Instagram users are savvy to the fact that you can buy fake followers and will be on the lookout for fake profiles littering your page. If they see you had to buy your followers, they’ll immediately be turned off and assume your business couldn’t get real followers on its own – even if you’d never even tried to acquire real followers.

Losing Followers During a Purge
Instagram has been known to conduct purges without notice, with the intent to delete all of the fake profiles. Their last purge was done in December of 2014, resulting in the expulsion of millions of fake followers. Those who had to spend money to acquire these fake followers felt the sting – their accounts plummeted to their organic number, a tiny fraction of the inflated following they’d grown used to, and they lost the money they’d spent.

Permanently Banning your Account
The biggest risk factor of buying fakes is having your Instagram channel that you love and have worked so hard building for yourself or your business, PERMANENTLY banned! Because of the level of deceit involved and also according to Instagram rules, if you buy fake followers to appear bigger than you really are, you are in violation of the terms and conditions set for by Instagram. Also, you are in jeopardy of waling the line of false advertisement which could have you face all sorts of other issues. Do not go the route of many before you who have bought fakes, only to find out that their account is permanently removed from Instagram.

Buying fake Instagram followers is quickly becoming a faux pas in the Instagram realm, as more people are falling victim to scams and more users are wising up to the deceit. If your Instagram profile is riddled with zombie followers, you’d be wise to start building real followers before the next Instagram purge. Otherwise, your profile could go the way of hundreds of hopefuls before it – unfollowed for good.

Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shayla-r-price/big-business-buying-fake_b_6322362.html

4 Reasons Why You Should Not Buy Followers


http://www.macworld.com/article/2861714/instagrams-spam-purge-reveals-high-profile-accounts-with-fake-followers.html
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/19/instagram-purge-costs-celebrities-millions-of-followers

21 thoughts on “5 Risks of Buying Fake Instagram Followers

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