Followliker is now officially a scam

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Updated on August the 07th. Scroll down or click here to jump to the update.

I am reading on the forums that right now there are heated discussions about the new subscription model that followliker is going to introduce to new AND old customers on September the 1st. I won’t deny that i have thought about trying automation software, wich FollowLiker is currently unarguably the most popular one (after Massplaner got shut down), though i just don’t think that a bot, no matter how well configured, can’t beat manual growth yet. Secondly, if your automation software gets shut down you are basically fucked and your income will drastically increase in a very short amount of of time. That’s why i eventually never bothered getting a licence for FL or any other bot solution. One FL licence (which is limited to one machine and can only handle a limited amount of accounts per campaign as well) is currently about $97 and granted lifetime usage until a few days ago. Starting September the service will be charged $5.99 monthly on top of the initial $97 for old and new customers, wich can become an expensive affair for people who handle lots of accounts. For those who only make a few bucks a day with their instagram accounts this will even become a money losing business.


Here’s a statemet from followliker that has been received by a user via email:

For many years, we have offered FollowLiker with unlimited support and we constantly add great features and updates. None of those things are changing! We are committed to providing an integrated social media automation solution at a price everyone can afford.

So what is changing? FollowLiker has grown to be a must-have tool for all categories of social media marketers. Over time, the usage of FollowLiker has grown significantly to the point where we now have several millions of accounts being managed with the program. Also, the social networks have began to change the rate at which they update their systems and the rate at which new features are added.

While we are excited by the exponential growth in the industry, we also want to ensure that we can maintain our commitment to offering unlimited access to the key and upcoming features to all users. To keep this commitment and to ensure the survival of the FollowLiker program, we are introducing a $5.99 monthly subscription.

This subscription plan will do two things:

– Allow the FollowLiker team to employ more hands in handling the frequent changes being made by the social networks.
– Increase the number of FollowLiker license servers distributed around the world.

Monthly subscription is on per-license basis. Payment will occur only once a month regardless of the number modules under a license. If two licenses are merged, monthly subscription for one of the licenses will be canceled.

You will be required to key into the subscription program on or before September 1, 2017. You can do that by clicking the “Help->Renew Subscription” menu in the software.

Thanks for your patronage, support and understanding.

 

Total dick-move, Followliker

Let’s face it: people who use bot automation for their instagram do it usually to make profit. Even if it might be controversial to run hundreds of accounts and generate traffic on a mass scale with bot automation, people chose to make this their source of income and they rely on software to run their business. And Followliker made a promise to these people: Pay once and you’ll get lifetime usage. Now their are pedaling back to a subscription modal without an official explanation and ripping their users off the worst way. Guess what.. People bought the software thinking they could use it free of further charge after the one time fee, put much time and effort to set it up, configured it the right way (there are more wrong ways than right ways to configure FL), built their bot armada on it and now they are stuck with a software that they have to pay a monthly fee for. Not cool FL, not cool.

 

The current automation monopoly

What happens there is basically FL being too cocky about the fact that there is no real competition out there right now. The best time to develop a Massplanner 2, some say. And i’m sure some coders are already working feverishly on a new competitor. This could very well be the the beginning of the end for followliker. And if so, totally deserved. No matter how much a monopoly you hold, you don’t say “lifetime” if you are going to charge a monthly fee afterwards.

 

Update:

So there has been a statement from a blackhatworld user who seems to be direktly affiliated with, or even the official representative of Followliker. This is what he wrote about the numerous complaints about the new decision:

 

“Let me first apologize for any inconvenience this decision might have caused, but due to the complications that have been building up in the last 14 weeks, we need to ensure the continuity of our product.

I understand that many users are concerned, but I can assure you that this is for the best.

Although we didn’t mention “lifetime” on our website or anywhere, I understand why some users feel they paid for life, but diminishing return is setting in. We need to balance our processes. I encourage users that are concerned to reason from our perspective for a moment.

This isn’t greed as some people are saying, it’s more about progress, systems are getting more complex and it requires us to bring in more expertise to handle them and this will cost us money.

The subscription plan will start in September and not now.

Monthly subscription is on per-license basis. Payment of $5.99 will occur only once a month regardless of the number modules under a license. If two licenses with different modules are merged, monthly subscription for one of the licenses will be canceled.

The subscription will commence only after the first month of license purchase. Users will not be charged until the second month.

If you have licenses that you are not yet using, you can defer the subscription renewal till the time/month you will be using the licenses.

Even if you don’t renew a license’s subscription, the license will still be active and you will be able to install and open the software, add your accounts, settings…

We had no better option than to start this subscription program. We have to put some things in place which will ensure the survival of the program.

We have been with you for some years now, I just wish some users will understand our position here.

Thanks.”

 

After a shitload of replies to that where users where pondering on the “lifetime” thing, there was this final statement from the same user who wrote the above:

 

“Please show me where we specifically mentioned LIFETIME?

The way some users are speaking here is just unfortunate.

You expect to continue to receive updates, support for ever despite us not mentioning LIFETIME anywhere.

Do you even think we just woke to change things, why are some users talking this way.

Many users use the software for business, they collect money from the client on monthly basis but because we introduced a $5 after years, now that’s not good but you can keep charging your clients monthly.

Many users are reselling our license and collecting monthly fee secretly since 2014 but we never said anything.

Since last year we keep deferring monthly payment and kept running everything without complaint.”

 

To me, argueing about the fact that they never used the word “Lifetime” is just a playing on words. They definitely did used the term “One Time Payment” though, which is generally heavily associated with lifetime access. But you gotta give those guys some credit for using a smart, de-escalating language. I wonder how many days they needed to put that text together.. 😉

 

What do you think about the transition to a monthly subscription model in Followliker? Is it justified or fraud? Will you keep using FL?

Comments

  1. Hugh

    Wow. Unreal. Followliker got my money a few months ago and now they want more? Any idea the best approach to ask for a refund or get the money back on that? If I have to eat it then fine but I’m not giving these guys another dime.

    At the end of the day Instagram followers are just not that valuable to my business to justify recurring monthly costs.

    I hope Instagram shuts them down and puts these guys out of business ASAP. I’m done with it.

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      Chris

      Hi Hugh,

      from what i’ve been reading there are tons of people just like you who are really pissed off and want their money back. If you bought FL with paypal and it’s not more than 180 days ago you should be able to claim a refund. Also with credit card there is a even longer chargeback period. Otherwise you can also head over to the blackhatworld forum and open a shitlist thread and complain about you feeling scammed. That’s the only way right now to oppose something to the makers of FL. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to keep up with any news about this 😉

      1. Hugh

        I asked Followliker directly for a refund, twice. They refused, twice. I sent both of those emails to Amex along with my chargeback claim.

        In over 10+ years over using credit cards, this is the first time I’ve ever filed for a chargeback. It’s not even about the money at this point but the fact that this is such an incredibly scummy company.

        I encourage everyone to request a refund from followliker and use their canned copy/paste refusal as evidence in your chargeback claim. Good luck everybody.

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          Chris

          Hugh,

          thank you very much for sharing. I hope other readers will get encouraged by your comment to also claim a refund immediately.

      2. Michael

        Chris,
        We need to talk. I have a very interesting Instagram project that is working on a small scale. I am looking for someone like you to scale it up. Please call me on my cell to discuss.
        305-748-0807. Thanks

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  2. Febrian Djaka Putra

    I almost renew my subscription on Follow Liker. When i try to pay, Paypal ask me to input my credit card number even i have a balance on my paypal account. Why i should input my credit card number?

    After that, i googling information about renew subscription on Follow Liker. And i found your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Giuseppe

    Hello guys,
    I write here my experience.
    I purchased the lifetime version of Followliker and then “accepted” their monthly subscription because I needed it for work.

    For two months I have asked to block the subscription and instead continue to withdraw money from my prepaid card.
    I have confirmed the blocking of the subscription and instead continue to receive payment invoices.

    I do not know what to do: what do you recommend?
    If I block the card and then pay them what can they do to me?

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      Chris

      Hi Giuseppe,

      i can’t give you any legal advise but since followliker is kind of a sketchy company to begin with i would doubt that they come after you if you block your card. 😉 If you have doubts you should consult a lawyer though.

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  5. Paweł

    I have a question! If i use followliker to automate my comments and likes and follows a bit (100 a day) and not to run it crazy and follow 500 people a day will this work for me and instagram won’t ban me?

    I mean it is cool tool to help with business and i know i can’t use it too much will it still work ?

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      Chris

      Hi Pawel,

      right off the bat: success with followliker is a matter of the right configuration. Yes it will work for you, but i still wouldn’t recommend it to you because manual growth always wins against automation in the long run. But if you keep it really low key, you won’t get banned or anything.

  6. John

    Hi guys, I just found out about their scam, but I got followliker 2 years ago and paid with Paypal, what could I do?? how could I request a refund?

  7. benyamin

    I had to chargeback, whereafter my license was revoked(as a ‘punishment’?), so I ended up without money and no license, since he didnt refund me. Had to go through my bank’s cybersecurity team for the first time in my life ever. So I am not surprised that they decided to pull this off to customers they made a lifetime promise to.

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      Chris

      And was the cybersecurity team from your bank able to help you get your money back? Thanks for your feedback!

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