Get Instagram To Take Action To Prevent Scammers From Cloning Accounts

Get Instagram To Take Action To Prevent Scammers From Cloning Accounts

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Tavonia Evans started this petition to Facebook

Within the last few years small businesses that provide services have faced a huge problem on Instagram - and that is having their business or persona cloned by scammers who solicit their audiences for money. My account, Aquarius Maximus has 25,000 followers and I am cloned once or twice a month. This activity is damaging my credibility has an advisor. Myself and others have applied for account verification to no avail. My brand Aquarius Maximus is trademarked and that has not helped secure my business any protection on Instagram.

As a technologist I am aware of potential solutions to this problem, simple enough to be introduced to the registration workflow. New usernames should be checked against existing ones, and alternatives should be suggested to accounts that attempt to copy existing accounts - ie. AquariusMaximus-Fanpage ( etc ). A simple enough algorithm can mean a world of a difference to users.

Cloned accounts are not only problematic for businesses and brands but it could be disastrous for users. Users are often contacted via inbox and asked to either send money or share personal details. Users are usually followers of the real account so some level of trust may have been established. If the business chooses to close their account then scammers may continue to operate in their place.

Currently the only solution is report the page, but its my experience that this process takes too long to rectify. As I create this petition there is a cloned account still operating as my brand and they have blocked me from seeing their page. I have hundred of followers in my inbox alerting me of the fraudulent activities these person are committing under my brand. 

Help me capture the attention of Facebook ( owner of Instagram ) so we can resolve this. 

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