Instagram Influencers Are Being Lured To Indonesia For A Massive Scam And It’s Fyre Festival All Over Again
I’ve been writing things on the internet for the better part of a decade and there are certain moments that are permanently seared in my mind, like the time the entire world freaked out about a dress and the day everyone stopped what they were doing to watch a couple of llamas run around.
However, I don’t think there’s a single story I enjoyed following more than the infamous debacle that was Fyre Festival, a gathering of gullible Cool Kids who paid thousands of dollars to travel to a private island for the privilege of attending one of the most epic failures of all-time.
Earlier this month, Netflix released a trailer for a movie documenting the saga that hit the platform today (and also had their spot blown up by Hulu, who beat them to the punch with a documentary of their own).
Fyre Festival highlighted just how easy it is to take advantage of people who have “Do It For The ‘Gram” on their family crest, and based on a scam that recently surfaced, there are still plenty of easily-influenced influencers out there.
According to Mashable, someone posing as the former wife of Rupert Murdoch has managed to lure a number of Instagram Famous people to Indonesia by promising to pay them for a photo shoot.
The invitees— who shell out for their flights upfront operating under the assumption they’ll be reimbursed— are met with a rude welcome when they arrive in the country and are told they need to drop over $1,000 for a photography permit.
Once they fork over the cash, they’re given the runaround by the scammer, who eventually cuts off all contact and leaves the victims thousands of dollars in the hole.
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I normally try to post aspirational and inspiring photos on my feed – and this is one of those beautiful places we visited this past December. The circumstances behind why we were there are not so great though. 😞 . We were there as part of an elaborate scam targeting Instagrammers and Content Creators, luring them to Jakarta on the premise of exhibiting their photography with Wendi Murdoch, the famous ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch. It was a well crafted scam that’s actually been going on for the past four years in different forms. In the past they’ve targeted filmmakers, military contractors, and even hairdressers. They are now actively targeting Instagrammers specifically and AS I TYPE THIS – THERE ARE STILL people flying to Jakarta and in Jakarta being actively scammed!😾 . You can read more about it on my profile and in my stories. Please share and spread awareness about this – from my research it looks like about hundred Instagrammers have been scammed so far in the past couple months! 😡 . Let’s band together as a community and stop this in it’s tracks! ❤️ . #HenryZoryInMalaysia
At least they still get some pictures to make their followers jealous of their travels.
After all, isn’t that what Instagram is really about?