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Theft victim battles Instagram over nude photos

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The story of what is happening to one woman online may be enough to make us all think twice about our privacy and how quickly we can lose it.

"I can't walk down the street without people saying, 'Oh, that's the Instagram girl," she told FOX 13.

The woman doesn't want to be identified, but she does want to share a cautionary tale.

She says about three months ago, she had her cell phone stolen. On her phone were some nude photos she had taken of herself -- for her boyfriend's eyes only.

But to her surprise, it didn't stay that way. Someone posted those photos on a fake Instagram account, along with her phone number.

She couldn't believe it. She doesn't know who or why someone would want to harm her.

Shocked and humiliated, she made call after call to Instagram and police, but got nowhere.

"The police tell me I have to take it up with Instagram, and Instagram tells me I need a police report. And at this point, I just don't know what to do," she complained.

Instagram's policies say you're not allowed to post nude or partially nude photos. Yet she says her pictures are still there.

And the humiliation doesn't stop there. She says men are constantly propositioning her on the phone and in public.

"People keep calling, offering me money for sexual pleasure. They say, 'That body, looking nice, you're gonna let me get some of that?'"

Her best friend was able to get into the private account and warn people it was fake.

But after three months of battling Instagram, she is losing hope that she will ever get back her privacy and her dignity.

"I'm confused, I'm embarrassed, I'm humiliated. I feel like my life is ruined," she added.

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