SocialSteeze review: is a scam. full review. 9

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. I was a SocialSteeze customer for several months and my experience is documented below.

One of the greatest threats that businesses face on the internet today are fraudulent services that take advantage of their trust. These predatory scammers will put out all of the stops in order to convince you that they are legitimate.

There are many different risks that you can expose yourself to in these instances especially with services that require access to your social media accounts. Some will take your money and never bother to deliver on their promises. Meanwhile other more malicious types might try to hijack your account or even steal your personal information.

It has recently come to my attention that SocialSteeze has been scamming its customers, as well as trying to sabotage their competition with fake reviews. I decided to investigate this for myself. What I found not only verified these claims, but also uncovered even deeper schemes at play.


If you're not familiar with it, SocialSteeze is a service that purports to help its clients achieve "organic Instagram growth". In other words, it uses bots to control Instagram users' accounts in order to automate their activity. This involves sending comments, liking posts, and following other users on their behalf.

There's not much special about the company on the surface. It's one of the countless overpriced Instagress clones that popped up in the wake of its progenitor being shut down. However once you dig below the surface, some interesting and disconcerting details begin to emerge.

SocialSteeze is not quite what it seems.

SocialSteeze Scam

It turns out that SocialSteeze is merely a mask for an old face. In truth, it is actually SocialEnvy rebranded and given a new coat of paint. SocialEnvy was an automation service that thrived for awhile until Instagram caught on earlier this year and changed their API in a way that sent the company into a dead end.

SocialEnvy was not the most reputable of companies during its time while active. In fact, many of its customers reported it as a scam early on. Searching around, you can find a litany of complaints about SocialEnvy taking their money and giving nothing in return. They've also continued to bill people long after cancellation, forcing some to dispute the unauthorized charges.

So when SocialSteeze rose from the ashes of SocialEnvy, did it gain a moral conscience or a newfound sense of ethical responsibility?

The answer is no. Not at all. If anything the company has grown even worse and more dishonest in its new form.

It's also expanded its operations in order to cover a larger landscape. Now it's a complex network of interconnected scam services that boost each other up. As of this article they also owns the following services: RiseSocial, Social10x, Hitfame, Likesocial, Instato, Planmypost, MegaDesign, and Twesocial.

The proof for all of this is as simple as checking the receipts. They haven't even bothered with changing their seller info on PayPal. All of them lead back to SocialEnvy. For instance, here's SocialSteeze (see attached screenshot 1).

And RiseSocial (see attached screenshot 2):

And finally Instato (see attached screenshot 3):

It's almost insulting how little they've tried to cover their trail. What's even worse though is how they've gamed the system to gain an unfair advantage over other businesses.

Fake review sites

SocialSteeze isn't the sort of company that likes to play fair and get by on its own merits. Instead they opt to play dirty whenever possible.

Their most effective strategy by far has been operating multitude of review sites in order to manipulate and control their image. They also use them to trash their competitors and tarnish any search results for their services.

These are the sites that SocialSteeze owns at the moment: IGReviews, Jonathan Spire, The Small Business Blog, and Selected Best.

Often they will advertise their own services on these sites, such as in a top 10 list of the best Instagram bots (see attached screenshot 4):

Or by suggesting them as an alternative in a review of another service (see attached screenshot 5):

In every case, they will push their services to the top and give them perfect ratings. It's blatant self-promotion, and it's done without any disclosure about their ties (see attached screenshot 6):

SocialSteeze in particular gets preferential treatment and the highest marks. The comment sections for these reviews are always glowing with praise for it, without a single negative remark in sight. They somehow expect people to believe that nobody has had any sort of problem in the slightest.

Don't fall for it

Under no circumstances would I advise trusting SocialSteeze, or any of the associated services mentioned throughout this article with your Instagram account or any sensitive information. They've repeatedly proven themselves to be unscrupulous and deceitful.

Scams like SocialSteeze deserve to be exposed. Help spread the word about it before anybody else gets hurt by their corrupt behavior.

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Jun 30, 2019 9:53 pm EDT
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May 30, 2019 12:18 am EDT

I suppose I should feel lucky! I use Socialsteeze and have for six months. I've never once had a problem with them and they've grown my account to having 5, 000 real followers. That being said I also never tried to cancel so I don't know if they would continue to charge.

They always seem to reply within 24 hours and are on top of it. The one thing I don't like is that my account is always getting logged in from different locations which causes instagram to kick me out, two days ago I got an email from them saying they were kicked out and couldn't get back in and needed the password. I gave it to them because this has happened before, but they said they were still locked out and needed a code. They then asked me for my phone number so that they could call me and set up the account that way, I gave it to them but haven't heard anything back. Which I'm fine with for now judging by this review. But very odd and super grateful that I wasn't a target on their plans - yet anyway. Perhaps my account wasn't big enough yet.

, US
Apr 20, 2019 11:28 pm EDT
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Socialsteeze is run by scums. they talk [censored] talk about their competitors on a host of different fake review sites they own. their company is absolutely terrible, it’s not even a service. when you give them your password, they immediately change it and the email on your account and then blackmail you if you want to regain access to it. they hacked my 250k follower verified account and said I had to pay them $11k nzd to get it back. when I refused to pay they threatened to post nudes on the account………. true to their word they posted the explicit content and got my account [censored]ing banned. plus they charged my cards thousands of dollars when I had cancelled my plan………… i’ve reported them to the fbi. if you have been a victim, definitely report them to the fbi too via their anonymous tip. get these low life scums arrested and do not use them.

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Apr 14, 2019 1:54 pm EDT
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Social Steeze and Magic Social is owned by these New Zealand dirt bags and you can find their information here.

They run a bunch of fake blogs where they promote Social Steeze, LikeSocial, Rise Social, and Social10x all their lame services while bashing their competitors. These are the sites that they use to bash their competitors and promote their scams.

, US
Feb 04, 2019 8:58 pm EST

OMG this a huge scam operation run by four conmen in New Zealand... their founders have been exposed:

I can’t believe the enormous scam they run. Don’t use them!

, US
Feb 01, 2019 8:56 am EST

You are ROBBERS . Never you refunded me the Money that you chargued in my Credit Card. Still I am waiting. RobberS ! I need you send back my Money. I did not do anything with you. RobberS ! RobberS! I need my Money. You told me 2 months ago that you was going to refund back my Money and that you already did that. And os no the true. You stolen my Money. I need you send me back my Money . I need you chargue back my Credit Card with the amount that you stolen.
This company is a fraud.
They are thiefs.
Now they changed all the e-Mails and everything .
I am a víctim. The y stolen my Money.

, US
Jan 23, 2019 6:28 am EST

STAY AWAY! I used SocialSteeze after I saw it recommended on several blogs to only later learn that they own the blogs themselves. Their service is a scam. They are complete frauds.

, US
Jan 23, 2019 12:55 am EST

SocialSteeze keeps charging my card and won't let me cancel! Their service is a scam. I lost hundreds of followers since I started using them.

, US
Jan 20, 2019 10:35 pm EST

Reporting them to the Bad Business Bureau! Beware!

I've been waiting nearly two weeks for a reply to my emails (after several attempts contacting them). It's also been almost a week since I requested a refund, and still no response.

They have fake 5 star reviews on TrustPilot which are getting dangerous, as their rating is being artificially boosted and more potential customers could get scammed.

Proof the 5 star reviews are all fake:

1) none have actual anecdotal evidence behind them
2) ALL are coming from users who have Socialsteeze as their only review
3) Google image search the profile pics of the reviewers, and you'll see they're all famous actors or musicians hahaha

I'll provide screenshots of my credit card statement and email history for anyone wondering if I'm a real customer (looking at you, Socialsteeze rep). For more proof about Socialsteeze being a classic internet scam, just search them on /link removed/

For anyone who's been scammed by them, email spam(at)uce(dot)gov (U.S. Federal Trade Commission Consumer Fraud department) to get their site and services banned within the US and potentially be compensated for your losses.

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