Instagram explains suspension of Hushpuppi’s account
According to Instagram, Hushpuppi, a prominent international fraudster from Nigeria, violated their rules against fraud, thus they had to suspend his account.
Instagram’s parent company, Meta, issued a statement saying, “We don’t want anyone to use our products to deceive or exploit people, and have clear prohibitions against fraudulent behaviour, including money laundering.”
The statement added, “We disabled @hushpuppi’s account for violating these policies.
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Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abbas, used to share opulent pictures on Instagram to show his 2.8 million followers his lavish way of life.
However, his opulent way of life abruptly came to an end when he was detained in Dubai, where he was living, in June 2020.
He entered a guilty plea to money laundering in a US court less than a year later, and the FBI considers him to be one of the most notorious scammers in the world.
Unsealed court records revealed that in his most recent scheme, he attempted to steal $1.1 million ($960 million) from a person who planned to construct a school in Qatar.
His network was global, and some of his scams were carried out from Malta to Mexico.
According to documents submitted in California, his offenses cost close to $24 million, and he currently faces a potential 20-year prison term.
Despite Hushpuppi’s guilty plea last year, Instagram did not at the time delete his account, claiming they had looked into it and made the decision not to do so.
The Nigerian media broke the news of his account’s current shutdown on Sunday.
According to Meta’s fraud policies, they work to “avoid fraudulent behavior that could hurt people or businesses.”