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Student Instagram Identity Theft

Discussion in 'Personal' started by evansfarida, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Advice Needed! My son has been a victim of identity theft on Instagram. He is too young for social media (11 years), however many of his school friends use it and someone has set up an account in his name- basically fraudulent. Instagram will not block it when I tried to report, as he is too young to have an account!- crazy! Has anyone had similar issues and if so, what was your course of action? Did you deal with it as a subject in assembly for example? Insist that students unfollow and block? I am currently teaching internationally and my son attends the school where I work. Feedback appreciated. The school suspects that it is a prank by a fellow student. There have only been 2 posts on the bogus account and both are dated back to January. However, this person could still be messaging privately and the kids do not know who it is, so very dangerous in my opinion.
     
  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    In the UK Identity theft is a crime, so I'd go to the police. Of course where you are, I can't say. Keep on at Instagram, threaten them with bad publicity?
     
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    It is dangerous... it ''could'' be for grooming... so I agree with Frank, report it to the police. Instagram may listen to them.
     
  4. Caoimhseach

    Caoimhseach Lead commenter

    What do you mean by identity theft?. An Instagram account can be set up with any name, text string you want. Is it his real name and images?
    Instagram have a form to enable parents to report fake accounts like this if you provide ID. Why will they not accept your complaint?
     

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