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My Instagram Was Hacked; A Wake Up Call From First Hand Experience.

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Last Saturday I was sitting on the couch and a message came through stating that a computer had accessed my Instagram Account

So as soon as I see this, An alert states that my email address has been changed

So I click, secure you account here and it states no users found. This means my name and instagram have been stolen.

I take to the internet and found an article from Fun Life Crisis about the instagram hacking that happened to them and think back to how my account was compromised…..

I remember earlier in the day getting a collaboration offer and filling out basic information, then clicking to authenticate instagram for analytics. Yep…mistake! The link was a fake instagram page (it looked real and later when I back, realized it was when my information was stolen- see below)

A couple hours later I receive an email and a follow up stating that I need to pay $315

Within an hour another email came (same person) but the change of person shows instagram and it is not really instagram.

As I cannot log into instagram, I go to my other instagram account to see @trendyheidi and see this….

When you type in your username or phone or anything…

This causes immense panic – so you go to instagram help and submit a ticket.

Instagram did send a message about taking a picture of you with a code they send.

For me, I received a message back stating the information did not match. This is not surprising since the hacker changed my email, birthday, And all identifiable information.

I responded To instagram but got nothing back. I posted on my other account and this is where it gets creepy. I had two people message me about a guy who could help. (Support@instagram.com no longer works)

Whenever I consider collaboration, I do look at the instagram accounts (which this one has and a lot of followers and responses) so again, nothing that stood out. When it asked to authorize instagram to check analytics – I have done this with bigger platforms and this is when my account was stolen. The person below is the person who lied and offered to help but took my money – more on this below.

This is the person I chose after getting messages to my account like below (Both of these are fake accounts and were the ones that duped me)

As I stated, this is where it gets creepy…this Emily was following my other page (not the one hacked) for at least 6 months and responded on occasion. Like any social media messaging, this person had interactions with me and did not just appear to save the day. See how creepy this is??

So here is where I am a little embarrassed- this guy Tyler said no money then asked for some money for telecommunication card because you cannot hack in the US and his friend would do it- so I bought Steam Cards, then he mentioned his friend needed a special Ss7 card and I paid his friend, and then another Steam Card, and then supposedly had the account and did want compensation through bitcoin. So all of this was around $500 – yes I got duped and yes, I feel a little dumb, BUT there are good people out there but these two were not good people. (I am out the money but lessons learned) The accounts changed after I was duped to almost no information and after that, another person reached out (I suspect the hacker is the same person who had these accounts and did get my $500 dollars) I knew My limit going in was $500 and it is a lot of money but I knew there was a possibility I would be duped….and yes, I was.

In the meantime I kept messaging instagram and wrote the CEO trying to get a response.

HOPE- so I have done giveaways with a person and she referred to a person and the person she referred me to- also had a hacked account that was gotten back so I reached out to her on the process. The good thing is I knew she was real as I did giveaways with her in the past and trusted these two people!

She handed along the information and I reached out Juan – I let him Know I was already duped and not giving any money til insta was back with me. Juan helped me get my account and I can honestly say that without him I would still not have my account.

Juan is amazing and it did cost some money to get the account back, but he was trustworthy and helped me through the process. If you are hacked, click the link above and tell him @trendyheidi sent you – he will give you a good deal ❤️

So after all of this….I am relieved, a bit frustrated, but thankful. I am thankful no one was hurt and my instagram was returned. I also learned a lot about hackers and the games they play.

Tips When Your Account Is Stolen…

1. Read blog posts

2. Secure the account if you can (change password, email password)

3. Reach Out to Instagram immediately providing detailed information

4. Reach out on Facebook through ads

5. Take a clear pic when instagram messages you back

6. Identify how it happened

7. Try to solve on your own but if not, seek help

8. Find reputable person to help

9. When you get the account back – change passwords

10. Figure out how not to make the same mistake

So…the question is….what am I doing now?

Downloaded the Duo Mobile App that verifies login to your instagram account. The app is free. You download it and log into instagram.

Go to Settings

Security

Two factor Verification

Text Message Off

Authentication App On

A code comes through and you type it in instagram and you are done.

This will allow you to block anyone trying to get into your account.

Feel free to reach out me if you have questions @trendyheidi or @trendywithapassport on instagram

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13 Ways to Style Leggings

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I have embraced the leggings craze and have found that it works well for all occasions. From athletic wear to work style- leggings are a must.

There are a variety of leggings out there….everything from the $2.00 pair all the way to over $145.

I have tried all different types of leggings and my stamp of approval comes from 4 price categories. The Meijer brand – MTA is quite amazing. These run about $12.00 and are perfect for working out and wearing out for errands. Another good brand I like is Zella Leggings – usually can snatch these up at Nordstrom Rack for $25.00 or Nordstrom on major sale. They are great. The third pair is Spanx – always buy on sale for $64. These are more shiny and packs you into the pant and shows no lumps or bumps. The last pair is $75 on sale – Alo Yoga Pants – these are amazing and soft. I purchased mine at Nordstrom Rack and are so comfortable.

So the picture above shows 13 ways to wear leggings. Tried and true. In these pictures are a combination of all 4 Brands that I mentioned. If you were to ask me which one I would buy if I had to choose just one…I would go with the Spanx. They are middle of the road in cost and do a great job of keeping a great physique no matter if you are slouching, eating cookies, or are not wearing a long tunic. Feel free to let me know your favorite leggings!

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Have a great evening!

Heidi

0 In Budget/ Lifestyle/ Style

The Succulents Box

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I recently received @thesucculentsbox that came with 4 darling succulents and I am beyond impressed. Here they are on the dining room table.

A closer look to examine how pretty they are

I was impressed with the quality. Each was individually wrapped, included directions, and had an information sheet about the type of succulent.

I love plants but the biggest issue I run into is over watering or under watering plants…these succulents need very little water in the winter and minimal the rest of the year. Makes managing plant life much easier! The care directions also explain exposure to sunlight and the needs of the plants.

If you are looking for a gift for someone who has everything or a treat for yourself….the Succulents Box is highly recommended.

Check them out on instagram @thesucculentsbox or

www.succulentsbox.com and use LOVEPLANTS for 15% off a subscription.

Let me know if you pick them up and your thoughts!

Xoxo,

Heidi

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13 Fall Inspiration Outfits to Copy Without Breaking the Bank!

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I love to shop and search for deals but also know that being able to copy and recreate styles with what is in your closet is also financially sound.

Today, I am sharing a few easy outfits to recreate.

Outfit 1: Jeans and Booties with a camel sweater (stripes are a plus).

Outfit 2: Black Dress or Black Shirt with a leopard scarf and a hat. I happen to love the baker hat style!

Outfit 3: Leopard anything. This is a cute leopard shirt dress but a leopard shirt and jeans or skirt will do the trick.

Outfit 4: Leggings, tennis shoes, and any hoodie! I happen to love Adidas Hoodies especially this crop sweatshirt as this is great for doing errands or a weekend outfit.

Outfit 5: I love this dress and any ruched bodycon dress will work paired with a leather jacket. Easy and chic.

Outfit 6: Faux leather leggings and a pullover cardigan combined with the baker hat is comfortable and can be considered dressy or chill.

Outfit 7: Skirts and High Boots with a hat….love the mini and boot season.

Outfit 8: Sweater Dresses are perfect transitions from summer to fall and fall to winter- add scarf or not…boots or heels.

Outfit 9: Leggings, tennis shoes, sweatshirt – all in black and throw on a pom pom hat and ready for exercise or just fun!

Outfit 10: Leggings, High Boots, Tunic, and a scarf with a fun hat! Easy and simple.

Outfit 11: A black dress and the jean jacket! Who doesn’t love a jean jacket??

Outfit 12: Camel sweater and a beret

Outfit 13: Leggings (not black) and paired with a long sleeve athletic shirt and tennis shoes…

Here are 13 outfits that are easy to copy! Most are probably in your closet which means a little bit of savings! Stay tuned for more fall outfit inspiration soon!

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4 Steps to Get Out of Debt – Education Edition

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Step 1: Identify your debt. Make a spreadsheet of credit card, total debt, APR, minimum payment, and phone number.

Step 2: Look at the highest APR and also look at the smallest debt. There are two schools of thought here:

a. Tackle the highest APR

b. Tackle the smallest debt and knock it out.

You decide what is best for you.

Step 3: Those phone numbers you wrote down: those numbers you need to call and ask for lowered rates…when they say no, ask for a supervisor and also inquire about 12 months no interest. Remember whatever you transfer will need to be paid off in 12 months or face high interest.

Step 4: Freeze your credit card. No Really. If you find that you spend…switch to cash or do a prepaid card. I am not a huge proponent of paying fees for prepaid but if you spend, you need to be held to limits….

Things to remember:

There are people who have more debt than you. Clearly you want to fix this or would not be reading this. Budget things but also be realistic- sometimes this involves moving to an apartment or lifestyle switch…its okay. Don’t be house poor or debt ridden because people might talk.

People will talk no matter but if you live in an apartment, don’t pay taxes, but lower your debt and become debt free in a couple of years- you are winning! Another point is emergency funds…start setting monies to the side in an account in case something happens. Have your workplace send the money to another bank (open a new account at the start of the fiscal year or new year) and don’t touch the money…just leave it be but you won’t notice it over time……Also….side hustles – I am a huge proponent of side gigs- babysitting, tutoring, lawn mowing, painting, cleaning, etc. to help out.

A typical millionaire has 7 streams of income…side hustles count 💕

Coming soon…..retirement talk.