In the past few years, a new scam on Instagram has taken off in popularity. Accounts act as if they are affiliated with major—often fashion—companies and claim to be recruiting a small amount of young people, offering to give them free clothes, photo shoots and compensation in exchange for their actions. They are asked to share a post by the account, which is later sold to businesses due to the high amount of followers that the recruit has accrued. These accounts often have highly apparent mistakes or discrepancies that reveal that they are not authentic; yet, within a short period of time, these posts can become so popular and the accounts so high in followers that the companies being imitated take note and call out the scams.
Faris Khetto, a sophomore at Summit Tahoma, has been greatly affected greatly by technology. His father often gave him death and suicide threats. “He used to be really aggressive towards me, and he threatened to kill me a couple times,” he told Summit News. One day, Faris felt that he would have really died. “I felt that he was actually going to really hurt me,” he said, “like I would be dead.”