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Instagram allowing fraudsters to use their site to try to sell counterfeit money and fake passports

Instagram allowing fraudsters to sell counterfeit money, fake passports and ID documents
Instagram allowing fraudsters to sell counterfeit money, fake passports and ID documents Credit: Reuters 

Instagram has allowed fraudsters to use its social media platform to promote and sell counterfeit money and fake passports and ID documents, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found.

Dozens of criminals are brazenly claiming in posts on Instagram to offer counterfeit UK and US notes for as little as a tenth of their face value and ID documents for £1,500 to £3,000.

They all use the end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp messaging service for communications in order to evade law enforcement agencies. Both platforms are owned by Facebook.

Users who dip into the sites are also directed to other similar illegal posts through Instagram’s algorithms which campaigners claim means the platform is “aiding...

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