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Akshay Zine: How This Fraudster Scammed More Than $10K From Instagram Users

To start off, let’s discuss what Internet scams really are. Internet scams continue to evolve, and can vary widely. The term generally refers to someone using internet services or software to defraud or take advantage of victims, typically for financial gain. Cybercriminals may contact potential victims through personal or work email accounts, social networking sites, dating apps, or other methods in attempts to obtain financial or other valuable personal information. Many successful internet scams have similar endings: Victims either lose their own money or fail to receive funds the fraudster promised.

Akshay Zine & How did he Scam?

Akshay Zine, A scammer who actively messages influencers, entrepreneurs and business people on Instagram pretending to offer them online services such as press and social media verification. You can find several influencers on Instagram posting about this guy:
Luke Lintz from HighKey Agency got scammed $3.2k by him. Beware of this guy who will ask for advanced money and you won’t ever get the promised services.
Akshay has been actively scamming people from the past 2 years. He made several companies in the name of providing press articles and social media verification services, but to the vain, once he receives the money, you will never hear from him. Be safe from such people.
To @KolkataPolice @MumbaiPolice @DCP_CCC_Delhi A Person Name Akshay Zine living in Borivali Mumbai. This Person Scammed 17000 my hard earn money. I already lodge complain online and offline. Please Help me. Case lodge in February still no action is taken pic.twitter.com/QdmkUqWjlv— Md Badshah Ansari (@MdBadshahAnsari) July 27, 2020

How can I protect myself from such scams?

     
  • Be alert to the fact that scams exist. When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it’s over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Know who you’re dealing with. If you’ve only ever met someone online or are unsure of the legitimacy of a business, take some time to do a bit more research. Do a Google image search on photos or search the internet for others who may have had dealings with them. If a message or email comes from a friend and it seems unusual or out of character for them, contact your friend directly to check that it was really them that sent it.

Tyson Davis
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US Army Infantry, Retired - Soldier For Life - Scam Counselor. Public Affairs Royal Lao Airborne Graduate of Law School at Touro Law Center.

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