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It’s Cheat Week at Mashable. Join us as we take a look at how liars, scammers, grifters, and everyday people take advantage of life’s little loopholes in order to get ahead.


Ever wonder how someone got so many Instagram followers? We have great news for your ego: Some of those followers might be fake. 

It’s likely that, even if you’ve never bought followers, you’ve still been followed by a few bots. This is largely unavoidable — and many bots are harmless — but you should still report them to Instagram. The more volatile bots might try to phish you by sending spam or harmful links via DM, and it’s not worth the risk of keeping them around.  Read more…

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