Updated: 5/19/2020

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  • Hi, I'm Detective Thomas Gaudet, and in today's episode of Fake News, I will be debunking an Instagram account by the name of @plantatreeco.
  • All of my friends were sharing it, so it must be true... right? Let's take a closer look.
  • During the Australia bush fires, this Instagram account originally claimed that for every re-post and follow, they would donate one dollar to Australian firefighters.
  • Uh-oh, not a great start. According to multiple trusted sites, such as The Huffington Post and, this account has been known to be fake and a scam!
  • First, let's check by using fact-checking tools.
  • After researching @plantatreeco, I found that they did not have a good reputation. In the past, they had scammed people, saying that you would get a free necklace if you liked their post, even though they never delivered. Not a good sign...
  • Next, let's verify the source.
  • Finally, we will check with other sources. As I said, many well established websites and newspapers have stated that this account was a scam and that no money was being donated to the firefighters. They then provided multiple actual accounts to donate to that are official.
  • If it isn't already obvious enough, @plantatreeco the Instagram account is a fake news site. The things that they post are scams and they should not be trusted. Be sure not to share any of their future posts, as we have now debunked them as...