The trending name change prank on Instagram, don't fall for it.

If you recently changed your Instagram name (not the username) to Butter Chicken or Pani Puri or to a song by Justin Bieber, good luck changing it back to original for the next 14 days.

I decided to write about this only after one of my very close friends got scammed by this. Before that I noticed that people had weird Instagram names but I did not pay attention to it. Like why should it bother me if someone changed their name to GORMINT AUNTY? I am a curious and inquisitive soul in general but Sabko Space Deni Chahie on Social Media


Yesterday, I got a DM from one of my Instagram friends and this is what the message said


"I’m making a video and I want you to be in it. Please set your name (name not user name) on Insta as your favourite dish or song in lower caps for example 'silence - marshmello' then change it to 'SILENCE - MARSHMELLO' in upper caps and take ss and send it to me. Send a ss of both upper case and lower case.

I am not going to post it or something so don’t worry. It’s going to be damn hilarious so please do it."


and then somebody else sent the exact same message but with just one change


I’m making a video and I want you to be in it. Please set your name (name not user name) on Insta as your favourite dish or song in lower caps for example 'pani puri' then change it to 'PANI PURI' in upper caps and take ss and send it to me. Send a ss of both upper case and lower case.

I am not going to post it or something so don’t worry. It’s going to be damn hilarious so please do it.

If it happens once it is a coincidence but if it happens twice, it's a Scam

I would have changed my Instagram name too but then in that message they wrote 'screenshot' as 'ss' and I don't know if I should call this as OCD or some other syndrome but it is just annoying when somebody writes 'k' instead of 'okay.'

Why wouldn't you write three alphabets more? Why? Why? Why?


During quarantine there have been a lot of social media 'challenges and contest' running on Instagram so it is natural if this has happened with anyone of you reading this, but the problem is you cannot change it back for the next 14 days. So if you have changed your Instagram name to a food dish or a song, that is fine but if it's something hilarious please share it with us in the comments section, I would love to follow 'DILBAR DILBAR' or 'KISS KISS KO PYAAR KARU' OR 'BAJNE DE DHADAK DHADAK'

My boss wanted me to dive deeper into how this simple prank shows how gullible we are on the internet and at the same time also talk about how this prank will undermine the efforts of some real campaigns on the internet, but I told him today is Sunday and I don't work on Sundays. Now my Instagram name is changed too 'LOOKING FOR A JOB'

If you are wondering what to watch or what to read next, check this Giant Recommendation List by PFA Community or you can check this another piece by Pawan When Instagram doesn't let you Instagram or his recent piece about TikTok The Great War of TikTok


Pawan Rochwani is also the host of our podcast 'When We Met' and the first episode of our season 2 will be out on 29th May 2020, Friday. 'When We Met' is a weekly podcast show and you can listen to it on Hubhopper, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast or any other podcast app.


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