COVID-19 sweeping the world and more and more people are using Facebook more often, and the incidents of Facebook scams are getting more sophisticated, so I thought I would share a few of the latest Facebook scams that are going around the traps today.
The biggest thing to think about when you have links on your Facebook page is do they look too good to be true, and just because your aunt has said oh, I’m going to share this link did she even look past the title.
These scammers are getting away with it because people aren’t reading the links before they share or download, and something that looks simple can hurt you in a significant way if you aren’t careful.
Even though the incidents of Facebook scamming are on the increase, there are usually just a few main types that most Facebook scammers try to hook you with.
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Latest Facebook Scams
Might as well start with the most classic of them all; it is Facebook phishing. This is where they try to impersonate a service to get you to give up your login credentials.
It works better on Facebook than in other types of phishing is because a lot of the scams on this list rely on compromised accounts to make it easier.
Most phishing is created through email. A scammer will send out an email asking you to log into your account to recover your passwords or to verify your details.
When you click on this link, you’ll be taken to a website that looks like the Facebook homepage but is just a mirror site.
To recognize if this a scam, when you get to the site, have a look in the browser bar. It should have facebook.com only if it has anything else, then close it and spam the email.
Facebook will never send out emails asking you to verify your account. If you are ever unsure of whether an email is real or not, go directly to your Facebook account and check it out through there don’t click on any links.
Once they have access to your account, then they target your friends in the list by making it seem as if the messages came from you; after all, your friends trust you don’t, they?
Once they’re in your account, they will use it to get the personal and financial details of your friends and any other information they can use to their benefit.
Live Event Ticket Scalper Scam
Scammers are using the Facebook events platform to build fake event sites that look official for a live event, saying that it only has a few limited tickets left and is in high demand.
Because of the social aspect to it, a lot of the pages will have links where people have clicked on Interested, which gives it a look of more legitimacy, so people are more likely to click the link and buy the ticket.
The links don’t go to the official ticket event page but redirect to resale websites where people buy lots of event tickets at a time and then try to resell them for three to four times the price.
Quite often, they don’t even have tickets to sell, and others will still keep on trading also though they don’t have the tickets available.
Once you’ve paid your money out, there is no way of getting your money back from it, as it is not an official site.
A simple way of working out whether this is a scam is to go to the original live event site if they have no tickets for sale on the official website then don’t bother wasting your time and money.
Dating & Romance Scams
Facebook is the most accessible place for scammers who are running romance scams because they have such easy access to people’s profiles.
On Facebook, they can target the type of audience that they think will be such susceptible to this and then will develop a relationship with the person.
Usually, they will target the elderly and the lonely people out there, first, it will just start with conversations to build a rapport with the subject, and then they might try something simple like could you best pay this bill for me.
Once you pass the first test, they will then try to groom you so that further along the track, they will take you for as much money as they can get out of you.
Remember, these people are doing it to hundreds of people all the time. They are very practiced at being able to convince you that they are in trouble and need money.
Fake Sellers on Facebook Marketplace
You can buy, sell, or swap anything on the Facebook marketplace. It is a great way to be able to rid yourself of secondhand goods that you no longer need or pick up a great deal.
But at the same time, it also makes it easy for scammers to be able to sell you stolen goods or goods that don’t even exist.
If you are going to buy something off the Facebook marketplace, make sure that you can Inspect the item in person. To be sure that the product does exist.
Never buy the product on the Facebook marketplace platform because if you buy it, and it is a fake item or a stolen item, Facebook cannot give you any insurance for your loss.
There is also the chance that you could be robbed by the person you have contacted for the product that you were after. Make sure if you do go that you’re in the company of a friend.
Be sure to ask all the right questions about where the product came from as the marketplace is used as a speedy way of selling stolen goods, if you are found with those goods there is a good chance you could be charged for the theft.
Fake Coupons and Gift Cards
Fake discount cards and coupons are out there all the time, and you’re always wary of them, but what if you had one shared to you by a friend would you be more likely to fill it in?
This is how scammers use compromised Facebook accounts; you think that this coupon has been shared with you by a friend and so you click on it, and you fill in the form so that you can receive a promo code.
Once you’ve done that, they will then ask you to share the post; at that time, they will send out the gift card to you, and the problem being is that your gift card or coupon will never arrive.
Now that the scammer has your personal details, he will probably sell it online to other people who use it to market products to you. You will end up with a lot of cold calls and unsolicited emails.
Facebook and Twitter actively chase down these types of coupons and gift card scams, but they can’t find them all in time, so if you get one and it’s offering you a promo if you share aa a post delete it as it will be a scam.
Famous Name Scam
A lot of Facebook scammers like to use big names to try and get you to trust them, one of these scams involved Martin Lewis, who is said to have founded a website called money saving expert.
The messages were encouraging Facebook members to use fake investment ideas, and then the scammers would harvest all of the personal details that were given.
There are a lot of big-name personalities out there being used for this type of scam; the best way to avoid being taken in for this is to ignore them.
If they are asking for personal details, it isn’t a big-name personality on the other end.
This scam is designed to install malware onto your computer. When you’re in your Facebook account, you see an ad for some special event or crazy once-off video or something that is designed to attract your attention.
Once you click on the link, you will be taken to a redirect, which will put you on a website that will try to install malware onto your computer.
This type of scam is more common when there is a rollout of a new update to a social media channel, and they’re trying to get you interested enough to click through to the malware website.
Facebook can add client disclaimers and remove links next to fake stories, but they can’t get them all.
The scammers rely on URL Link shorteners and redirect links to evade detection. If you see any spammy content like this, avoid it like the plague, or your computer might get one.
This scam is so simple in its approach that you would never believe that it is meant to milk you of information just by asking some simple questions.
It is designed to be just like a simple questionnaire just asking you a variety of questions for you to answer, and then you copy and paste the questionnaire to your status and then ask other people to do the same.
What is the color of your hair, what is your favorite food? What was your phone number when you were a teenager? The list of questions can be endless.
The hidden trick to this scam is that those honest answers that you are putting onto the questionnaire and sharing with your friends could accidentally give security information that can be used to prove your identity or even answer security questions that could get your account hacked.
Some Food For Thought
As Facebook keeps on evolving, there are more and more different types of scams that are coming into play, most of them are just revisions of the originals they have just changed.
Most scams can be avoided if you use a little bit of common sense, think to yourself is this too good to be true or am I sharing too much information with someone I know nothing about
These two basic rules should help you to navigate through all the different scams out there. Just remember all you have to do is take your time and don’t click on everything you see without checking it out first.
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Hi there everybody, my name is Kevin de la Haye. I hope you enjoyed the post. I aim to always bring some value with every post that I write. I am the owner of Niche Marketing Toolkit, and I take each day as a challenge to you, my loyal readers.