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My ex-employee hijacked my Instagram account. Willing to pay to get it back.

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  1. Jamis27

    Jamis27 Newbie

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    Recently one of my employees was caught padding the old expense account. Before we could fire him, he took off and changed the name and password to an instagram account with over 8K followers. I want it back and am willing to pay someone who make that happen.
     
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    Wow, this is a good one.

    What would you say the dollar value of the account is, to you? Could help us rule out some options.
     
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    He can't change the password if hes dead,nom sayin.
     
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    There's something called 'Forgot Password' you should try it. If you set this account up with a non-business related Instagram, then that was your own mistake. Given that you're a new member, I'm guessing you think we're hackers here and will help you take someones account that is not yours and came up with a story to go along with it, in which case, no one is going to help you.

    What do you really think anyone here can do to help you get your account back? You know the account details, you know the person who allegedly took it, so handle the situation...
     
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    If this is real (this is your first post), finding a pro bono attorney will be no problem. I have attorney clients around the country. PM me know if you need a referral. In civil cases you only need a more compelling case. Assuming your ex employee doesn't kill himself, you should have a substantial annuity coming in for life.
     
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    Hello, does this method work in South Sudan? Please let me know, thanks!
     
  7. Jamis27

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    1. I would say that the account is worth up to $500.
    2. Death is a little extreme Forrest but i like the way you think.
    3. Dagreyon maybe you should make fewer assumptions.
     
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    Since he was an employee, I'm assuming you have all of his information and therefore can get in touch with him pretty easily. Do that.
     
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    Nemo, the guy ripped us off and stole money and our account. Calling him and asking for it back isn't going to fly.
     
  10. Porphyrogenitus

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    I'm referring to padding the expense account. Even $1000 you're looking at a really serious lawsuit. If you know who he is, its worth your time to at least look into this. Just trying to help.
     
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    Porh - legal remedies involving trademarks and digital media are murky at best. We could spend a lot of time and money and still not win. We're in California where the employee is always right even they're not.
     
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    Porh, thanks we do have legal council and unless it's for big $$$ they recommend walking away and chalking it up as a 'learning experience'. As you know, litigation isn't cheap.
     
  13. Porphyrogenitus

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    Right, but the power is still in your hands. Most likely it won't even need to go that far. Especially considering the criminal side that would really destroy him, even if the lawsuit was relatively minor. If he understands the potential consequences of his actions, he'd have to be crazy to not at least give your instagram account back.
     
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    Did you know that an account can now days be consider company property. All you have to do is pick-up the phone call the police. He is stealing company property.
     
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    If you're an established company I have to agree. Most fraud cases don't even get reported: it'll cost you more in damage to reputation. You seem like you know what you're doing, I'll leave it at that.

    I find it hard to believe there's no way of contacting instagram to get your account back if you can prove ownership. I was able to get my Facebook account back for an old business after a hack pretty quick, just had to submit some documentation.

    If there's no formal method of contacting them, make a personal appearance at their office. Google tells me their HQ is in san francisco.
     
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    sorry I cant help you! Just wondering, what did Instagram say?
     
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    evilclown - hmmm, that is an interesting statement, not sure it applies to social media. Worth exploring, thanks!
     
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    soctal -Instagram is nearly impossible to penetrate on issues like this. Their TOS are very clear about who owns what and what you can do to reclaim a lost password, etc. The net is they're useless. Our council has suggested we demand he remove all pictures of him wearing our logo (which is 80% of all pics). If he doesn't comply we can file a suit which Instagram will have to act on. As you can imagine there are probably 1000 of these cases pending at Instagram's HQs which keeps their legal dept very busy.
     
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    Just reset the password LOL
     
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    This is a hard thing to come up with a solution for. I would try to reset the password which should come back to the e-mail you setup the Instagram account with.

    If that doesn't work I would legal action would probably be the next step. Getting to 8k followers these days for a business is not easy and I would value that account at around $2k but you would only get $400-500 for it around here.