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How to spot fake accounts on Instagram and what to do with them

How to spot fake accounts on Instagram and what to do with them
Fake account on Instagram.  (photo: Net Point Zero)
Fake account on Instagram. (photo: Net Point Zero)

With the rise of technology cyber damage such as hacking and hacking have emerged cybercrime.

Therefore, it is better to know some effective methods to recognize these accounts and prevent them from stealing personal data such as photos, videos, reels or even knowing which places one frequents.

Why are fake accounts created?

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Insults, threats, counterfeit money, scams, etc. The motives of fake profilers are varied. The best-known reasons are usually those who want damage someone’s image; And to go unnoticed, they hide their identities by creating accounts that don’t have much information or profile pictures.

The second most common case is purchase of followers, generally carried out by people who obtain certain benefits with a greater number of interactions.

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Fake Instagram account example.  (photo: The World)
Fake Instagram account example. (photo: The World)
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This is how fake accounts can be detected on Instagram

To detect these accounts you have to follow certain steps such as:

– Verify data.

– Verify email or phone number.

– Find the profile picture in Google images.

– Get account information.

– See the number of followers.

– Review the comments on your posts.

Comparison of some details to know that an account is fake on Instagram.  (photo: Watch How It's Done)
Comparison of some details to know that an account is fake on Instagram. (photo: Watch How It’s Done)

One of the most used methods is to try to log in to Instagram with the username that appears in the aforementioned profile and select the option ‘Did you forget your password’, with which you can obtain the telephone number or email that allows you to find the owner / owner of said profile.

These steps can not only be done when an account contacts you, but can also be done when following profiles, mainly celebrities. In this case, the first way to verify its authenticity is to see if it has a blue check mark and then determine that the engagement level matches your number of subscribers.

In any case, there are Applications which can help detect these accounts, but if you don’t want to go through all these steps, it’s better report them and/or block them.

Example of a person who has cloned another user's profile to sell photos on OnlyFans.  (photo: Xataka)
Example of a person who has cloned another user’s profile to sell photos on OnlyFans. (photo: Xataka)

How to block a person on Instagram

Unlike other options such as Mute or Restrict on Instagram, the concept of blocking is the easiest to distinguish, since it means cutting off any type of contact with the person in question. After you block someone on Instagram, you won’t be able to send messages or comment, see if someone is online, or see the posts or stories.

Blocking works both ways and even the user will not be able to see this person’s full profile until it is removed. Instagram does not notify the other person that they have been blocked, although it is quite obvious when it happens as the account account will mysteriously disappear.

Comments and likes sent from an account that has been blocked disappear and will no longer be returned, even if the block is removed.

This is how you block someone on Instagram:

1. Login to profile of the account you want to block.

2. Touch the button menu ⋮

3. Choose Block.

4. You can choose to lock this account, or lock this account and all future related accounts that might be created.

Block instagram account.  (photo: tusexpertosapss.com)
Block instagram account. (photo: tusexpertosapss.com)

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