YOU MUST BEWARE! Con artists use social media platforms to prey on young adults | New

ATLANTA, Ga (CBS46) – The social media platform Instagram is now used by crooks to prey on young adults who want to become “influencers”.

“I’m not a big, important figure on Instagram, I’m just an ordinary person,” said Alexandria Kennedy, who said she was scammed.

Kennedy never thought she might be the victim of online crime.

“I received a comment saying: would I like to be a brand ambassador for this company? Kennedy said.

A company on Instagram promised Kennedy big discounts on clothing, and in return, the Georgia state sophomore asked him to promote what she bought on social media as ” brand ambassador ”. Kennedy thought it was a good deal and bought items from the company.

“I never got a shipping confirmation or anything to confirm my order was placed or anything, but I know my card has been charged,” Kennedy said.

Months later, she says the items never arrived. Kennedy told the company that she would report their fraud to the Better Business Bureau. But she says they left the message read and never responded.

The Better Business Bureau reports that the majority of financial loss scams are now online shopping scams. And, a fifth of these shopping scams come from social media that target adults between the ages of 18 and 54.

“We just want to educate our young consumers because we find that these scammers are targeting them,” said Simone Williams, spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau serving the metro in Atlanta, Athens and Northeast Georgia.

The Better Business Bureau has a real time scam tracker on its website, which allows you to search for scams in your neighborhood.

“So how do you detect the fake?” You want to ask questions. The targets of the “influencer” scams tell BBB that when they ask for details, the scammers have gotten really evasive, or stop responding, period, “Williams said.

To make sure you’re not caught off guard, the Better Business Bureau says you should always get information in writing.

“Always ask for a contract. If these companies don’t provide this information, this should be your first red flag. You need to make sure you read all the fine print, ”Williams said.

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