Over a year ago, I was hacked on my Instagram account (April 7, 2022, to be exact). In my efforts to try to get my account back, I encountered horrible people resulting in a loss of time, money, bad people being exposed to my followers, and an overall feeling of helplessness. I thought there had to be a legitimate way to get my account back by trying to work with Instagram. I was wrong.
I was able to get about 1,000 people to unfollow _dallaswinechick. The “_” was a new addition from the hacker. The account started posting crypto stories (in bad English to add insult to injury) and began to direct message people. Should have been a red flag for Instagram help.
After hundreds of people (including me) reported the account as impersonating someone else, and the hacker started to post stories (see last post on IG) and directly contact my followers, I just thought I’d start anew. Here’s that saga of the Dallas Wine Chick on Instagram. Long story short, my new account was quickly shut down by Instagram for supposedly trying to impersonate myself.
This Monday, on a whim, I tried to log back into my account. I guess there comes an expiration point where Instagram decides to release its shackles. My guess is that was the mark of the April 7 date.
I know I’ve sworn to you that I wouldn’t do another Instagram story. But I do want to let you know that @dallaswinechick on all social channels – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – is really me. Enough of you reached out to let me know a column would give you the reassurance that this is my account.
There are lots of people whom I’d love to reconnect with. It’s been a crazy year and it’s hard to remember what happened last weekend sometimes. If I haven’t reached out to you to connect on Instagram, it’s not intentional. Please connect!
In the rebirth of the Dallas Wine Chick on Instagram, I can promise you only a world of wine. But this time with two-factor authentication enabled.