Friday, May 27, 2016
Top 3 Facebook Scams To Avoid
Facebook is the best way to be updated on things, and it is also great tool to get in touch with your friends and family members. However, unfortunately it is also full of scammers that are waiting for their next victim.
Here are three scams to watch out for:
1. Facebook Friend Impersonator – this is common on email scam, they just branch out to Facebook. They hack one of your friend or relatives Facebook account and send you a message that he/she won money and he/she also found your name on the winners list. The impersonator will say that it is legitimate, well since you know him/her personally you know it's true. The impersonator will then say that you will need to pay a small fee in taxes, shipping fees, or other fees in order to claim your money. Most of the time, you will first receive a friend request from a friend or family member (impersonator) then you will receive this message from them.
By posing as someone you trust, it will be easier for them to trick you.
2. Facebook Lottery – I receive a lot of messages like this. Here you will get a Facebook message who claims to be from Facebook. The message will said that you won thousand of dollars in prize money from the company. What you'll need to do is pay taxes for your winnings upfront. The “Facebook employee” will then ask you to wire transfer the tax money. Sometimes it's not taxes but shipping fees, processing fees, etc.
There's no such thing as Facebook lottery, it’s a scam!
3. Scammers Pretend to be a Military Personnel Asking for Help – these scammers who ussually from Ghana or Nigeria will steal identities of real soldiers on social networking sites like Facebook and impersonate them as military members. The will tell you stories about them and will also post pictures. Then when they know that they got through you they will ask for your help. This scammers will ask for money, or even gadgets they ask for money for airfare so they can return home.
You can also check out BBB.org for other Facebook Scams.
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