Star agent Max Markson’s Instagram account was hacked

Markson got nine emails from Instagram about signing up on a new device in Nigeria, but he was suspicious if they were also part of the scam. He received worried messages from friends after the scammers sent them direct messages to scam them as well.


“Someone with 100,000 followers said they bought a brand new Range Rover because they did a crypto thing. Now they speak on my behalf. You’re now posting on my Instagram like I’m posting it and saying, “I’ll get my crypto advisor to help you,” Markson said.

“Two people (told me they) wanted to download the app and actually spend money.”

In a statement, a meta spokesman said Instagram is committed to protecting the integrity of its services and is working hard to protect its community from hackers and fraud.

“We use technology to detect and block fraud and work to stay ahead of fraudsters’ attempts to bypass our detection systems. We are providing our community with robust in-app tools to report content that they believe violates our policies,” the statement said.

“We strongly encourage our community to enable 2-factor authentication in their settings to protect their account.”

Miss World Australia Sarah Marschke in 2019, right.

Miss World Australia Sarah Marschke in 2019, right.
Recognition:Misch Misch photography.

Meta says more than 40,000 people are working on security and protection, including around 15,000 content reviewers. How many of them are in Australia has not been specified in detail.

Markson says he will enable two-factor authentication for his accounts. But for Marschke, that extra layer of security didn’t help.


“I did all that and still got hacked,” she said.

“I reported through all the (meta)links and didn’t get any reply during the whole two months I was hacked.

“I always felt very dramatic saying that, but I kept telling literally everyone, ‘I feel like my life is over.’ All my personal information is in the hands of a random person. Not only that, something I’ve worked so hard on since I was 14 has now been taken away from me.

“I make a solid income from Instagram, I book all my photo shoots through Instagram, all my events. I do sponsored posts. So this is my job and I lost it completely for those two months.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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