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Meet Team Epiphany's Coltrane Curtis, The Marketing Mastermind Who Says He Leveraged Influencing Before It Became Popular

What it looks like to be an influencer continues to evolve along with social media. Prior to the platforms’ inception and takeover, Coltrane Curtis, the founder of Team Epiphany, was already ahead of the curve on how lucrative influence could be.

Dec 19, 2022

Instagram Influencer Ray Hushpuppi To Face 20 Years For $24M In Cyber & Business Email Schemes

It looks like this Instagram influencer’s lavish lifestyle has cost him his freedom. Ray Hushpuppi, born Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, is a Nigerian National and up against a world of trouble after he pleaded guilty on April 20 to money laundering scams. Hushpuppi used his platform to allegedly take advantage of his followers by luring them into scams that involved cyber and business email compromise schemes as well as a school financing scam. According to reports, the criminal complaint against Ray Hushpuppi reveals that he was behind an elaborate scheme to steal more than $1.1 million from a businessperson who attempted to pay for the construction of a school for children in Qatar. “The defendants allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretense going after the victim was tipped off,” said Acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison in a...

Aug 5, 2021