Instagram users are spending $15,000 on the black market to have their accounts verified


Instagram is demonstrated on an iPhone Monday, April 9, 2012, in New York. Facebook is spending $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram in the social network's largest acquisition ever. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and strangers. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

Instagram users are paying up to $15,000 to middlemen to have their accounts verified.