the times I’ve been dumb and been scammed – ~ the skin glo~

This post originally appeared on the Positive Publicity Patreon as part of the “times I’ve been dumb and been scammed” series. If you like what you’ve read, subscribe for $3 a month today!

Before you dive into the story, I want to share some more of my thoughts. I take brand partnerships seriously, and put a lot of time and effort into them. So when it was revealed that this partnership was a scam, I was pretty unsettled. I was also embarrassed to share this story, but I feel it’s important for 1.) other content creators to not fall into the same trap and 2.) give a glimpse into what brand partnership deals look like. Positive Publicity is a place of learning, growing and examining our mistakes, and we’re doing just that.


I should actually title this post “a time I actually wasn’t dumb and was still scammed,” but hey, the series title is what it is.

Now I’ve seen my fair share of shady and sus Instagram “programs” (aka buying followers) or brand partnerships come across my Inbox. So when a brand called TheSkinGlo selling an electric skin cleansing device emailed me with the opportunity to collaborate with their new product – but I would have to purchase the product myself – I was initially skeptical. But they were offering a 50% discount to purchase the product ($40 out of my own pocket, which I could afford), in exchange for five photos they could use to build their online presence (which I was allowed to watermark) and would be paid over $500 – well yes, I was sold. 

To be completely transparent, I could certainly could have used some extra moolah in my pocket (who doesn’t?). 

Here is my usual routine when a brand deal opportunity presents itself:

So with the above routine in mind, here were my initial results:

Let’s do it. I let the person I was emailing that I had purchased the product, and would let them know when I received it. 

I then began to notice the red flags (photos attached):

Another day, another scam. And I wasn’t alone. 

Influencer Lauren Clitheroe shared her experience on YouTube, and The Verge released an article today, sharing stories which were similar to mine. I’m not so upset about the money I lost, but the fact that my judgement was so off. Whoever TheSkinGlo is took advantage of this being a difficult time for many people financially, and I fell for it. But it did give me some solace that I wasn’t alone and that fellow content creators also fell for this scam. 

At least my skin looks good, right? 

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3 responses to “the times I’ve been dumb and been scammed – ~ the skin glo~”

  1. Amelia Rose Avatar

    Hey! I just wanted to say that I also fell for this scam! Thanks for sharing to help other people not fall for brands like this. Not fun, but it’s a good learning experience.

    1. Camille Avatar

      Hi Amelia, thank you so much for sharing your comment! I’m sorry that happened to you as well. You’re absolutely correct – not fun at ALL, but definitely a good learning experience! xo

  2. […] staying true to form, it appears I’ve fallen prey to another online scam (remember the SkinGlo debacle?). I ordered a pair of shoes from a company called Covoay, which I came across on a TikTok […]

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