Thieves use Instagram to target wealthy influencers
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No one likes dollar bills, bling watches, and shiny diamonds pushed in their face on social media.
There’s even an official word for the phenomenon – Instabragging, which Urban Dictionary defines as “the immediate posting of self-congratulatory photos on Instagram for the sole purpose of inspiring jealousy among followers.”
Instabraging certainly evokes a strong reaction in me, but I’m not open to introspection and determining if it’s jealousy or disgust that I’m feeling.
However, other followers don’t just react internally when they see these expensive things displayed willy-nilly.
The crime of using social media to track and target the wealthy, who show their earnings on Instagram regardless of the consequences, has really exploded in recent years.
You may remember Kim Kardashian being the target of such a crime in Paris in 2016.
In town for Fashion Week, she, along with the paparazzi, documented absolutely everything and showed off her expensive ring in the process. Then a few thieves found the opportunity to take the ring away from him and took it away.
It was only one case, but there are so many more, depending on luxury launches.
In Milan, a gang called the “Acrobatic Thieves” looted Instagram influencers until the cows came home.
The gang uses Instagram to spy on their target’s locations, movements, and assets until they move.
In November 2020, the apartment of Moroccan footballer Achraf Hakimi was broken into by acrobatic thieves who stole several of his watches:
Eleonora Incardona, an Italian social media star with over 500,000 Instagram followers, was also in the gang’s sights at one point:
The thieves watched her make a video ad on Instagram that everyone, including her chihuahua pet, Oliver, had left their home.
They then scaled the walls and fled with nine handbags and designer clothes from the house. Fortunately for Incardona, the police managed to recover most of the looted goods.
A similar thing happened to Giulia Diletta Leotta, a 28-year-old Italian TV presenter, who had gone out to lunch according to her Instagram stories, allowing thieves to take valuables worth over $ 180,000:
This was apparently the last spell of the gang before being arrested:
According to Mundo Deportivo, “eight watches, including Rolexes, several pieces of jewelry and money she had in a safe” were taken into the property.
CCTV cameras captured the entire footage outside the building, and Milan police arrested the Gang of Five in June 2020.
Other thieves are brazen (and frankly, stupid, too) enough to post videos of their crime on social media and identify their victims.
It happened to Troy Williams aka Candyman 2.0, an influencer from Australia’s Gold Coast.
His turquoise Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S coupe, which sells for around R3 million, was ransacked by young thieves who filmed the whole crime and tagged Williams’ Instagram account.
He has so many cars that thieves must have had a hard time choosing one:
Williams apparently didn’t even need the police’s help in this case and simply used his supporters’ information to get everything back.
But not before having had a strong word with the thieves’ parents.
Still, it may be worth thinking twice before showing off your riches on social media and keeping everyone in the know on your every move.