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5 ways to identify fraudulent business and avoid getting insta-scammed



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In the era of social media marketing, it is easy to fall victim to people/business who scam people through Instagram. These steps would help you identify fraudulent accounts easily.

Last 2years, I got insta-scammed (scammed through Instagram), a business page promoting shoes and bags failed to deliver a product I paid for after I made payment through mobile money.

The experience left a mark on me and made me extra cautious when dealing with businesses on social media.

These steps helped…


What reviews do people leave in the comments section of the business post?

Do the business itself share reviews from its customers?

An honest business or service provider mostly shares reviews from other clients to attract new ones. If a business page hardly shares reviews and people leave bad reviews of the service in their comment section, stay away.

If a business never gets comments on their post, DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM.

2. Watch out for fake giveaways.

Beyond looking for the reviews, you should be immediately suspicious if a business page is constantly having giveaways and promos. Where a business fails to name it’s giveaway winners, it wasn’t real to begin with.

This is a trick used by fraudulent businesses on social media to attract buyers.

3. Is the price reasonable?

A business page selling a 30″ inches long authentic human hair wig cap for 500gh should be a RED FLAG as that price is undoubtedly unreasonable.

When buying from an Instagram business, always cross-check the price with other businesses to know if it’s legit before making payments. Most fraudulent business pages reduce their prices to get more victims, don’t fall for the cheap price tags.

4. Do they use original photos and videos in their post?

Legit businesses mostly watermark their photos and photos with their names/handles.

Fraudulent businesses use videos/photos of others to advertise and can’t watermark them. If a page is constantly posting products that aren’t watermarked with their names/logos don’t buy from them!

Unwatermarked product ad

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Watermarked product ad

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5. Does it have a physical place?

Yes, the most social media-based business does not have physical spaces but it’s better to deal with the ones that do.

This makes it easier for you to visit their location if you get the wrong product you bought or have any unsatisfactory service.

Hardly buy from businesses that are out of your region if the business fails the four points mentioned above.

Fraudulent businesses mostly use delivery as an excuse to dupe people and never delivery what is paid for.
As a general rule, anyone who posts pictures of money and talks about investment opportunities is probably troubled so don’t venture such account for business at all.

It is best to buy from VERIFIED and businesses that have the things listed above.

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How to Make Cookie Dough From Scratch



Cookie Dough

Master the art of making cookie dough from scratch. This easy-to-follow recipe for dough can be prepared in just ten straightforward stages and can be used as a foundation for producing any of your favorite cookie dough recipes.

If you want your homemade cookie dough to turn out flawless every time, follow these tips and tricks from the pros.


All cookies are made using butter, sugar, eggs, and flour, but the procedure used to make the dough varies from recipe to recipe, even from a Cookie Dough Delivery.

You’ll discover how to scan an ingredient list to determine whether or not it yields a cookie you’ll like. Here are the ingredients to start:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chip
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, very soft
  • 2 large eggs

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making cookie dough from scratch so that you may prepare them for any event.

1. Turn the Oven Temperature up to 375 Degrees

You may use a nonstick spray to prevent the cookies from sticking to the baking pan, or you can use a liner. Both parchment paper and silicone liners are quite effective in their respective roles.

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2. The Two Sugars Should be Combined Well

It’s important to break up any pieces of brown sugar and thoroughly mix the two sugars. Dark brown sugar has a richer caramel flavor, while light brown sugar will make your cookies a little sweeter.

3. In Little Amounts, Mix the Melted Butter into the Sugar

It helps to combine the butter and sugar much more thoroughly.

4. Combine the Eggs One at a Time While Mixing

Eggs should be broken immediately into the bowl containing the butter and sugar mixture. After the eggs have been broken, use your spoon to give them a quick beating, swirling them into the butter and sugar.

5. Vanilla, Salt, and Baking Soda Should be Measured and Combined

Now is the time to thoroughly combine the batter. Make sure there are no leftover clumps and that the batter is uniform in color. Instead of adding the salt and baking soda to the flour, you may combine them in a separate dish with the flour.

6. Stir All of the Flour at Once

At this stage, you want to avoid over-mixing the batter to prevent the formation of an excessive amount of gluten. It would help if you stopped combining the ingredients when there is no longer any visible flour on the dough or in the bottom of the bowl.

7. Incorporate the Chocolate Chips

Put the chocolate chips into the mixture.

8. Scoop the Batter onto the Baking Sheet, Leaving About 5 Centimeters Between Each Dough Ball

Use a tablespoon to measure the dough and then roll it into slightly rounded balls roughly the size of ping-pong balls. You may make it bigger or smaller depending on your preferences!

9. Cook the Cookies for Nine to Eleven Minutes

Take them out when they appear puffed up when they have set around the edges, and when they are dry to the touch. On the baking sheet, you should let them cool down for a few minutes. They will eventually collapse in on themselves when the temperature drops.

10. Place the Cookies on a Cooling Rack

Proceed to bake the remaining cookies one batch at a time.


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