This FAKE Food Blogger Tricked Hundreds Of Restaurants Into Free Meals
No such thing as a free lunch!
Dehli police took a social media influencer and fake food blogger into custody after it was revealed that she didn’t own a blog and has never posted reviews of the restaurants she visited!
The “food blogger”, named Swati, worked on barter agreements between herself and food outlets. The premise is simple and widely used. They offer her a free meal, usually their signature dishes, and she’ll write rave reviews on her food blog.
She hustled many of the famous restaurants and cafes in Dehli using the same argument. She talked a good game as well, since many long-standing restaurants fell foul of her silver tongue. However, the Gurgaon based “social media influencer” wasn’t counting on the restaurant owners she had conned to talk to each other. After they shared stories and suspicions, they realised that Swati hasn’t posted anything about their restaurants. Furthermore, they found that she is a fake food blogger!
A slice of justice pie for the fake food blogger
So what did one ingenious restaurant owner do? Play the conman at their own game! One restaurant invited her in for the prospects of boosting sales and exposure. All at the cost of one meal. Sounds like a fair trade. Until police were ready at hand to arrest her whilst she had her face stuff with food and her own arrogance.
Her first court hearing was on Sept, 14. The police officer who arrested her aptly took the opportunity to say, “In life, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”
How to avoid fake food blogger or social media influencer scams
Although Swati was caught red-handed, many people on the web continue to run these types of scams. They convince you that their followers constitute the highly sought after age group of 16-29-year-olds. And just one post/shoutout will boost your business sales like never before.
Here are our top three tips to avoid falling for these tricks.
1. Check like to follower ratio
They might flash their phone quickly and point out how many likes each post gets. But like all magicians, they’re directing your attention where they want you to see. In your own time, check how many followers there are. If there are many more likes than followers, this could be a sign a lot of them were bought.
2. Video views
If they try to impress you with their huge follower base, check the engagement. If someone claims to have 300,000 followers but their videos only get 5,000 views, that’s a shocking return and probably means the actual follower base is a lot smaller than they claim.
3. Other social media platforms
More often than not, social media influencers are on several different platforms. So they’re not confined to just Instagram, but also provide content on Facebook and Youtube. Check their online presence, which is a generally good way to check out genuine they are.
We can’t believe some people would have the gall to demand for free food as a fake food blogger! Don’t fall for such scammers!
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