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Growmyinsta is a scam

Discussion in 'The Shit List' started by radis, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. radis

    radis Junior Member

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    I was using Growmyinsta to grow a few of my instagram accounts. One day the owner tells me I have a password reset on my 38k instagram account @theancientworld. As I logged into my email to change the password I noticed someone had already been posting pics, changed the account bio, and had a cpa link in the account bio. I was able to change the password and shortly after I was logged out of my instagram account. The owner of Growmyinsta and I were the only ones with the password. I googled the cpa link and the first thing that came up was another instagram account. I immediately recognized it from a thread here on BHW by a user named Theswolerbear who is also using Growmyinsta's service. What a coincidence. Here is his thread

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/instagram/783765-changing-niche-instagram-40k-account.html


    Theswolerbears account @theluxuryschool had the exact same bio and cpa link as my stolen account. Here are 2 screenshots. The first is my account @theancientworld after it was stolen and had the bio changed and cpa link added. The second is Theswolerbears luxury account @theluxuryschool with the same bio and cpa link.

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    If you look at theswolerbears thread you can see the first 2 pics he posted are the same as the first 2 on @theluxuryschool.
    Once I confronted the owner of Growmyinsta and showed him the evidence I had that he was involved in the theft of my account, the bios changed on both accounts and the cpa links were gone. Another coincidence. Faced with the overwhelming evidence the owner of Growmyinsta says that theswolerbear is some guy he doesn't know but he allows him to manage Growmyinsta when he is too busy. I find that extremely suspicious that he would let a total stranger manage his business. Here are 2 screenshots of the owner of Growmyinsta saying he allowed theswolerbear to manage the accounts.(clearly this is a complete lie and Growmyinsta created theswolerbear to give his business more exposure)

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    Here is another link between my stolen account and Growmyinsta. You can see the profile pic for Growmyinstas kik is the same as the pic that was posted on my stolen account. These screenshots are all taken at the same time. Way too many "coincidences" surrounding Growmyinsta.

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    I would also like to add the owner of Growmyinsta is Frank Tobin. This is the same Frank tobin who was scamming BHW users with his Mysocialmagic bs.

    http://www.blackhatworld.com
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    As well as his scams under the BHW username Sola Rank

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/shit-list/652603-sola-rank-scammed-me-300-usd.html

    I highly recommend that anyone using his service should stop and get your account back as well as open up paypal disputes for every payment you ever made this scumbag. It would be nice if BHW would permanently ban this guy seeing as he is a serial scammer and just comes back under a new name. I feel like this thread should also be in the instagram section so everyone knows he is a scammer. As for my account, I have yet to get it back and I highly doubt I ever will.
     
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  2. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Theswolerbear is now banned.
     
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  3. radis

    radis Junior Member

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    what about growmyinsta?
     
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  4. JustChillin

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    I've posted quite a few times in BHW that growmyinsta is a scam and that he used multiple accounts to post fake journeys promoting his service, but no one listened to me :(

    Sorry about your loss. If you would like to secure your account in the future, I would recommend linking it to a Facebook account, I believe you can recover it anytime, but not sure.
     
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  5. petirthunder

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    @growmyinsta used to sell theirs "unlimited panel license" for $500 and i almost agreed.
    but then after a while he says that his unlimited license is only available for 25 Slot which is obviously not unlimited...
    https://gyazo.com/bb9e7564cce006b7cb8f09837f8f2f07


    this is a screen shot of what growmyinsta called a web bot panel
    https://gyazo.com/a7796faad6febe13ce86926cafdc9a3a

    and after pushing him a quite long time to show me an instruction or demo to the panel he send me this links
    https://growmyinsta.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Step-by-step-Guide-growmyinsta.pdf

    which does not explain anything...


    @justchillin was right after searching few fakes journey about it.. i decided to pull it off the deals


    God, thx i never use his service
     
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  6. radis

    radis Junior Member

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    http://imgur.com/a/vNQlz That is a link to all the screenshots of proof. For some reason the attachments in the thread are invalid
     
  7. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    So, this was a mistake from my end. I didn't realize from the first post that growmyinsta was a member, I thought it was an external service. He has been notified of this thread and has 24 hours to respond.
     
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    Sad to see that people scamming on bhw..
     
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    Edited - I don't want to get involved in this issue.
     
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  11. growmyinsta

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    Issue 1:

    Yes, my names Frank Tobin and I did run MySocialMagic when i was very young. I ran MySocialMagic when I was aged 15/16, alongside a website called buytwitterfollow.com. At the age of 15 I started posting a few links on here and then a sales thread. With regards to one of my sites, it started taking off. I did a few interviews for a large newspapers and had to leave school early due to the press I was receiving.

    Refer to my Linkedin - https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/frank-tobin/7a/aba/674

    I had unprecedented sales and it was crazy. At the age of 17/18 I sold the site due to the scale and size of the business and my main goal at that age was to go to University and not run some online marketing business turing over $xx,xxx every month. During the selling process it got quiet messy and people were ordering yet not having their product delivered and there was confusion between me and the new owner. I had one rogue customer (I still believe to this day he was one of my competitors) and he refused a refund and wanted my product delivered the following day. He threatened me multiple times and we had arguments on Skype every other 10 minutes and me being 17/18 at the time responded and i admit i handled it unprofessionally. It led to him destroying me on here.

    2 years later.... after getting my grades I attended a University (no IM was in-between that stage). In my 2nd year I decided I would start a new online venture - growmyinsta. Its now been running now for 5-6 months and its been great for me both off-line and online (meeting great people on here and off-line). I will clarify, I recently sold 60% of the business 2 weeks ago and continue to own 40% of it. We have over 500 clients on our monthly plans and many clients have had great successes with us (obviously not Chris Radic).

    Issue 2:

    Journeys....

    Yes journey threads are great for pulling in new clients. If someone emailed me or messaged me asking do I have any discounts or I can't afford your service then I would offer them a free month or a discount for posting a journey thread - 100's of people on here do it.

    Issue 3:

    Chris Radic came to me in June asking if I could help him with growing these 3 accounts of his. He sent me $350 in total for a lifetime membership of GMI. I grew his accounts for 2/3 months and he had great results. However, this all changed in August. One of his accounts got hacked and of course like anyone would... you would blame the company you're using to grow and who you shared your information with. The night of his account getting hacked I called him to try and clear the air - I still to this day have no idea what happened to his account - I refunded him all $350 immediately.

    I understand it doesn't look good for me and yes you can make conclusions from Chris Radic post but I will honestly prove to anyone I have not scammed.



     
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    Did you use InstaMarketers's video on your site.? was it your videos? or someone else... igerslike claimed that you stole it
     
  13. radis

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    Yes he stole his entire sites design from the instamarketer. That just goes to show how unethical this guy really is. How many times is he going to be allowed back to BHW to prey on other forum members?

    Anyone can read those past shitlist threads and see that this guy is a known scammer. Also I highly doubt you have 500 clients since you were begging me for 150 usd a few days before my account was stolen. Also I didn't have great success with your service. The most I ever gained in 1 month was 2k followers. You can get atleast double that with followliker. The accounts were never running smoothly. There was always some type of issue. Which is why I never started a journey for your service even though you asked me atleast 3 different times. You used the wrong hashtags on my accounts. You added your own hashtags to my accounts. I remember my food account was liking pics of pregnant women and babies.lol I looked at the hashtags my account was liking and it was stuff like #babies #bridalshower. You either are a complete moron or you were purposely sabotaging my accounts because I wouldn't post a journey thread for you.

    I would also like to add that you didn't refund my money immediately. You told me you would only refund a portion. I had to open a dispute on paypal and after a few days I got my refund. I was also charged again a month later and I opened another dispute and got the money back the next day.

    I want to encourage everyone reading this thread to take a look at the imgur link I posted with all the screenshots. Theswolerbear was a fake profile you created to promote your services. It is completely unbelievable that you would let a stranger you didn't know manage your business. That is the most outrageous thing I have heard. Anyone with any common sense and half a brain can see that is total bs. Clearly you didn't cover your tracks well enough and you are blaming the theft of my account on the fake profile you created to promote your service. You should be permanently banned just for the fact that you scammed others here before under different aliases.
     
  14. growmyinsta

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    Update:

    Yes he stole his entire sites design from the instamarketer [1. The owner of the TheInstaMarketer is a guy called Justin Skinner and we were going to arrange a fee or I would have to change it. If you check the site now, it had changed and has been for the past month]. That just goes to show how unethical this guy really is. How many times is he going to be allowed back to BHW to prey on other forum members? [2. Please tell me how I prey on other forum members? I can assure you I don't].

    Anyone can read those past shitlist threads and see that this guy is a known scammer. Also I highly doubt you have 500 clients since you were begging me for 150 usd a few days before my account was stolen [3. I was going travelling and had to pay for a few hotels and was asking if you needed any of my other services, dont know how you could say i was begging] . Also I didn't have great success with your service. The most I ever gained in 1 month was 2k followers. You can get atleast double that with followliker. The accounts were never running smoothly. There was always some type of issue. Which is why I never started a journey for your service even though you asked me atleast 3 different times. You used the wrong hashtags on my accounts. You added your own hashtags to my accounts. I remember my food account was liking pics of pregnant women and babies.lol I looked at the hashtags my account was liking and it was stuff like #babies #bridalshower. You either are a complete moron or you were purposely sabotaging my accounts because I wouldn't post a journey thread for you. [4. I love how you're saying all this now yet you were with me for 3 months and didnt mention any of this once]

    I would also like to add that you didn't refund my money immediately. You told me you would only refund a portion. I had to open a dispute on paypal and after a few days I got my refund. I was also charged again a month later and I opened another dispute and got the money back the next day. [5. I sent you a full refund of $350 in 24 hours of the payment being disputed, along with the direct debit coming out of your account.]

    I want to encourage everyone reading this thread to take a look at the imgur link I posted with all the screenshots. Theswolerbear was a fake profile you created to promote your services. It is completely unbelievable that you would let a stranger you didn't know manage your business. That is the most outrageous thing I have heard. Anyone with any common sense and half a brain can see that is total bs. Clearly you didn't cover your tracks well enough and you are blaming the theft of my account on the fake profile you created to promote your service. You should be permanently banned just for the fact that you scammed others here before under different aliases. [6. I've had a look at that account and i've got no connection to it, it was made in Canada]
     
  15. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Frank, the SL ends here. Since you were already banned, there is nothing more to examine. Just because you decided you wanted to have a second run, doesn't mean your previous ban is lifted. Feel free to contact Bz (who handled the previous SL) or DD (the owner) if you want your case re-examined. I will let your account open for a little while just in case you want to add anything here.
     
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  16. growmyinsta

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    ok perfect, ill contact them now! I preferably like the case re-examined as i feel its a bit unfair for a buyer (who wants to destroy me for none of my own doing) to bring up a case for when i was incredibly young and experienced 'overselling' something which wouldn't happen now. Thanks.
     
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    growmyinsta is now perm banned.
     
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  18. radis

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    https://www.quora.com/Has-anyone-had-success-using-growmyinsta-com-to-grow-their-Instagram-account

    Have a look at what Justin Skinner, the owner of the instamarketer has to say about Growmyinsta.

    The fact that you have had 2 shitlist threads on you proves you prey on forum members.

    I messaged you on Skype everytime there was an issue with my accounts. I don't know why you are acting like this is the first time you are hearing about it. Was I going to accuse you of sabotaging my account while you have all the passwords to them? No, because that would just give you reason to steal them.

    However you want to phrase it, you asked me, one your clients, for money.

    Exactly, I had to open a dispute to get my money back. You didn't pay me immediately like you are saying.

    How can you even say you have no connection to that account? The guy is using your service and you yourself said you let him manage your business when you are busy. All the screenshots are in the imgur link above. How is that not a connection?
     
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  20. radis

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    Ya and hes definitely back on the forum under a new alias as we speak
     
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