How to spot and avoid scams on Facebook and Instagram Dating
Facebook can be used to defraud you of your money in the same way that callers pretending to be from your bank or fake messages from strangers on WhatsApp can. Scammers would love to take advantage of the personal information you put on Facebook, and they have a variety of methods to defraud you of your hard-earned money.
How Scammers Prey on Their Targets on Facebook
Each month, Facebook has over a billion users. It employs sophisticated software to identify user groups based on shared interests or traits (such as age or geography) in order to recommend safe content and advertisements to the group.
This makes the social network excellent for fraudsters looking for huge groups of people to target for fraudulent behavior, as well as identifying susceptible people or specific groups with too-good-to-be-true offers.
You and your contacts are more likely to be targeted with similar fraudulent content after clicking on a scam ad or message. If you’re a caregiver for a vulnerable person, find out how you may help them manage their finances and what kind of help you might be qualified for.
They Hide Under the Confidence You May Have in Your Friends and Fans
By impersonating your friends, popular brands, or social network founder Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, scammers take advantage of your trust in them. For instance, a recent Facebook impersonation scam used Martin Lewis’ public image on advertisements to persuade people to make ‘investments.’ Martin Lewis does not, in fact, run advertisements. Because people trust Martin Lewis, they fell for the con, and the con artists knew it.
Anyone, including friends, who sends you a message out of the blue encouraging you to click on a link or invest in a get-rich-quick scheme should be avoided. It’s important verifying with the individual or firm directly to be sure you’re not being contacted by a fraudster. You can do this by calling the friend to confirm that they are the ones who are writing to you, or by visiting the company’s website to confirm that the offer is genuine.
They Make Fake offers of products and services
Miracle diet pills and physical enhancers advertised in ads, texts, or items on your timeline are frequently too good to be true. T-shirts, concert tickets, and even vehicle insurance have all been targets of recent scams, in which money is paid but no goods or service is delivered.
To avoid being a victim of one of these con artists, take the following precautions:
- Only buy from reputable providers. Don’t do anything if anything doesn’t feel right.
- Check with the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers to see whether any ticket dealers are members.
- Check the police ActionFraud website to see if similar conduct has been recorded.
- Request a phone call, a video chat, or a face-to-face meeting with the seller. Text-based communication, such as email or social media, makes it easier to lie than over the phone or in person.
- Instead of paying via bank transfer into the seller’s account, request a payment alternative like PayPal, which may provide you with extra protection if the transaction turns out to be a hoax.
- For online transactions above £100, use a credit card rather than a debit card because you’ll be protected under Section 75 if it turns out to be a scam.
- Before submitting payment card information on a website, make sure the site is secure: The web address should start with ‘https://’ and a padlock icon should appear. This does not imply that the website is reputable; rather, it means that your online payment is secure.