(UPDATE: Her new Instagram is @yolerra)
No one has posted about @lireycakey, have they? Well, basically, this is the story.
(Social media links: instagram | 2nd instagram | VK | ask.fm)
A few months ago, I noticed that a particular account kept on following and unfollowing me on Instagram. I looked at the profile and knew that something wasn't right. This girl's photos were heavily edited (larger eyes, thicker lips, smaller nose), to the point that it didn't even look realistic (I attached photos). She had around 16K followers, but was following like, 7000-something people, which I found a bit fishy. And not only that, but she was coincidentally following a LOT of people that I know.
This girl -- who went by the name of "Lirey Ahn" -- was posting a ton of photos that made her life seem very lavish and a bit...too good to be true. She was posting photos of places in LA, her alleged vacation home, trips to South Korea, expensive cars, and even had one photo captioned "Last month, I spent 90K (somewhere around there)." It was ridiculously unrealistic. She stated that she lived in Calabasas, and that she was Korean, French, and Latina. In the past, she had many different usernames, including: @babylirey, @lilreydesu, and @libabyrey.
At this point, I took a handful of her images, reverse Google image searched them, and found EVERYTHING. In the photos that I am posting below, her edit is on the left/top and the original photo is on the right/bottom (with the owner tagged).
After finding proof that she was, indeed, a catfish, just as I had thought, I decided to create an account to expose her. I went through her followers and followed every single person on the list.
It turns out that many other people had suspicions as well. Just like me, they found it odd that she was following so many people that they knew. Then, I found out that what she does is -- follow someone, then goes through their following, and follows everyone who follows them, etc... she would follow up to as much as 500 people at a time, and then unfollow all the ones who didn't follow her back later. If they didn't follow her back, she would most likely follow them again, and again, until they did follow back. This was how she got a large amount of her followers. It's also important to mention that she was particularly famous amongst the Asian community on Instagram; this girl seemed to have a little fetish with Asians -- after all, she did pretend she was part Korean lol.
Now, there's one problem with taking other people's photos and claiming them as your own, but "Lirey" turned out to be a CON ARTIST as well. A handful of her followers came to my DMs and told me that she had attempted to scam them out of their money by allegedly selling iPhones and Kylie lip kits to them.
Someone who had almost bought something from her sent me a screenshot of the Paypal account that she had told them to send the money to, and it was under a Russian name, which was interesting...considering that she's Korean/Latina/French, LOL. I Googled the Russian name (which translated to Valeria Kashirtseva), and found her school website (photo and details below). This is how I discovered her real identity. I then went on VK.com (not thinking anything would show up), searched her name, and found a profile with her name and real photos of her. There was even a photo that she had posted on Twitter, of her Facetiming a friend -- in the photo, you can tell that she is clearly not the person in her photos!
Thankfully, we finally got the account to be removed from Instagram.
BUT... she's back again, of course. And this time, she is using her own photos, but they are heavily...heavily...edited. How did I find her again? When I first exposed her, she kept on changing her username, in hopes that I wouldn't be able to find her profile. Wrong. I made a private account, blocked her, and tagged her in a photo on the private account so that she wouldn't see it -- that way, whenever she changed her username... I would know. So anyway, at one point her username was changed to @lelebeef. After the @lireycakey account had been deleted, I knew for a fact that she was going to try coming back again. I made Instagram searches likeL "lirey," "babylirey," etc. And when I searched "lele," I found a profile called @lelekhalef. It was UNCANNY how similar this girl's Photoshopping looked. And the username sounded too familiar! She also had the same exact photo of a pair of Puma Shoes on her profile, that Lirey had posted. There was no doubt that it was her. I found her VK profile (https://vk.com/id170155937), and even her ask.fm (http://ask.fm/reyreyli). Note how the username sounds very familiar???
Through her VK profile, I found out her boyfriend (see picture below). Shortly after I tagged him in a photo on my exposing account, his account was deleted, and I'm assuming she told him to do that.
Now, things get even more confusing. I found photos of her, that her friends had posted...but she was still edited in those photos. She was even edited in the photos that her boyfriend posted. Which leads to question: Does she not allow her friends to post photos of her face? Does she only let them post the photos after she has Photoshopped them?
Her nose looks quite disturbing in the photos, as you can tell.
And her face is definitely chubbier and less defined than it is in her photos; you be the judge of that:
Now, we can definitely confirm that she is editing her photos because, I managed to obtain a few of her friends' phone numbers (I will not mention how, but I did). See the screenshots I attached below. The person basically confirmed that the girl in the photo that I sent is the same as the "Valeria Khetten" on the VK profile.
Yesterday, her Instagram account @lelekhalef was actually deleted, because I was continuously reporting her for spam, but it was somehow reactivated later in the afternoon. This girl really doesn't give up, LOL! I'm assuming she contacted Instagram and somehow managed to get her account back. Her new username is @LUNAHBAE.