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Photo: AngieYeoh (Shutterstock) Is someone copying my Instagram? It’s a more common concern than you might think. Scammers sometimes impersonate legitimate accounts on Instagram to fool friends and family or catfish unsuspecting strangers. If you come across an account impersonating you or someone you know, you can take action and request the account be shut down. Scammers may impersonate someone to fool their friends and family into clicking on malicious links, providing them with information, or sending them money. A scammer may send a DM from the impersonation account, for example, asking the target to check out an image they posted or a link on another site. The link may, in actuality, be a form that steals account information or attempts to automatically download malware. How to report an account impersonating someone on Instagram To start, you should confirm that the account really is impersonating someone by comparing their profile picture and latest posts to see if they’re mimicking the account you suspect they’re impersonating. Then, send a direct message to the person you think the account is impersonating to confirm the account isn’t theirs. Don’t message the impersonation account. Once you’re sure you’ve spotted an impersonation account, you should report the impostor directly to Instagram. To do this, return to the impersonator’s profile and tap the three dots icon at the top of the screen. Screenshot: Shannon Flynn Select Report User , which should be near the top of the list of options that appear. Tapping “ Report […]