Barber scammed by client, warns of Instagram cash app scam

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Social media scammers racked up $770 million in 2021. The latest report from the Federal Trade Commission on the subject indicates that social media scams now account for a quarter of all reported fraud.


What do you want to know

  • Social media scams now account for one in four reported fraud cases, FTC says
  • FTC warns to watch out for people asking for information on the back of gift cards, any of your social media logins, or bank transfers

“I was scammed by my client in October,” said Edgar Mendez, owner of All Stylez Barbershop. “She brings her son to have his hair cut. She had asked me if I wanted to win $500.

Edgar Mendez said his client asked him to send him a video of him advertising Bitcoin mining.

“She asked me to send the video to her WhatsApp and then request a code through IG,” Mendez said. “I sent the video at 5:42 p.m. and right after my account was locked.”

Mendez said the scammer offered to give him access to his account if he paid him $100.

“I couldn’t believe she scammed me,” Mendez said. “I created a new account and reported this one. I’m telling everyone to unfollow this page – it’s hacked.

He said Instagram has still not responded to any of his attempts to flag the page.

“I reached out over 100 times,” Mendez said. “I have always locked my account.”

The latest report from the FTC warns people of social media scams like this and says the growing problem peaked last year.


I would say we’ve seen a huge push,” said Emma Fletcher of the Federal Trade Commission. “Based on the data we have, it appears that social media is the most profitable way for scammers to reach people. One in four people who said they lost money said it started on a social media site.

The FTC recommends being wary of people asking for information on the back of gift cards, your social media logins, or bank transfers.

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