Facebook is by far the most popular social network in the world. It reinvented the way we viewed social networks and brought the world together. It has been at the same time due to how big it has gone and its user base of billions, it has also been the centre of controversy on many occasions, most recently because of the amount of fake news that the platform was allowing to be posted on there. It is also a hotbed for scams. Whether it’s through phishing or direct manipulation, there are many scams on Facebook, and those who aren’t able to foresee or spot these scams can sometimes, unfortunately, become a victim to them.
That’s why today we’re going to run through how you can spot scams on Facebook, what the warning signs are and the best tips for keeping yourself safe online. One popular tactic used by scammers on Facebook is to create fake accounts. These are usually imitating someone who may be a close friend with you, using their pictures without permission. They will then hope to leverage you recognising the name and picture as a sign of trust and get you to click on a link that can usually be quite malicious. It’s important never to click on the link and instead to report the profile and to also let your friend know that someone is fraudulently pretending to be them.
A lot of fake ‘competitions’ are also posted on Facebook. Usually by pages pretending to be big companies such as the big travel companies. Offering to give a free holiday because of a ‘sudden drop out’ to name a popular example. However, most of the time if you actually go onto these pages, they will have copied the logo of said company and will have a very short profile history and a minute number of followers compared to the actual legitimate pages. And these similar to other scams will typically either ask you for payment that won’t actually be going to the company or provide you with a malicious link. It’s also not uncommon for these pages to ask you to ‘share’ the post in order to boost your chances.
Although it’s more uncommon there can also be attempts to extort you on Facebook. With cyber criminals sometimes falsely claiming that they have secret information or pictures about you that they will threaten to leak if you don’t pay them. It’s best to report these profiles straight away and block them and most importantly don’t ever send a payment.
These are just some of the scams that are out there on Facebook. Usually, if something seems too good to be true it is. If you ever come across a scam on Facebook, it’s always important to report it so it can be investigated and removed as soon as possible. If you want to know more about the world of social media following us here at Laskos.com.