Social media is a world of endless opportunity, especially Instagram. From connecting with loved ones to building business empires from the safety of your home, your imagination is the limit. Unfortunately, there is also an increasing number of people who are looking to take advantage of it in the wrong ways.

These days, it’s pretty common to come across shady accounts on Instagram offering jobs, followers, supposedly free stuff, and more. Here’s how to spot some of the most common Instagram scams happening today.

1. Companies Offering Cheap Followers

When it comes to Instagram, the number of followers you have matters. In many ways, a larger following can give the illusion of credibility, trust, and influence. In fact, it’s one of the most basic things that companies check when searching for people to choose as influencers.

However, it’s also true that the quality of followers is just as important as the quantity. After Instagram transitioned to an algorithm-based feed instead of chronological order, most followers won’t even see your content if Instagram doesn’t deem it engaging enough.

Unfortunately, there are several companies still seeking to take advantage of users who want the vanity metrics of a large following. Promising cheap followers, these companies will ask you for payment information such as your credit card details and…

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