“Dm us, we want to collab with you”- a pretty enticing message if you’re an aspiring influencer and naive to the ambassador scheme that seems to keep popping up on instagram.
If you’re wondering “is this a scam?” the answer is probably yes. Trust your gut.
It’s truly a great scam, because they are clearly working and TONS of people are falling for them. Which means BIG money for these companies at scale.
So, how does it work? They simply pay a small amount for bots to comment on thousands of accounts per day telling you to “DM them to collab”. So, you DM them. They then give you a “discount” off of their overpriced products, promising an aspiring influencer the chance to be an “ambassador” and you buy. They make money, you get nothing more than a cheap product, and no opportunity.
You then realize, YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED. Don’t worry, even I almost fell for one of these.
Some companies are so shady, they just take your money and run. I don’t want any of you to fall victim to that.
After finding out that so many of you had been encountered by these “influencer scams”, I decided to do a bit of an investigation. I wanted to create a resource that lists all of the companies that you guys have sent in.
There are many red flags that the trained eye can see, but if you’re new to this world, you may not realize — Check out my article “How to Spot Scam Influencer Programs” where I explain 9 different red flags to look out for.
We used to have a list of companies that were sent in here, but for legal reasons we took it down.
We also wanted to direct people to the experts (Better Business Bureau) and also encourage you to submit a complaint to the them, so that they can do an investigation and shut down the real bad scams. This is their expertise.
For the list go here: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us
There are currently 85 scams complaints listed on the Better Business Bureau (the link above), if you search the keyword “ambassador”.
Please search this list to see if the company you are curious about is on it.
If you have one that you would like to send in for us to look at, please email the name of the company and a screenshot of their messages to you (if you have them) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also checkout this podcast episode that I made all about this! I go over the different signs to look out for, to tell if it might be a scam.
We caution you to be careful out there, but don’t be scared. There are Millions of great brands to work with. Don’t let a few bad apples scare you. Once you’re aware of what to look for, you won’t have a chance of being fooled by these ambassador scams.
If you want to work with reputable brands, the best way is to pitch them for brand collabs! Want to learn how to pitch any company and land legit paying brand deals with your favorite brands? Check out our free Masterclass here
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