MARLBOROUGH, MA — Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family members and friends, but it also used frequently among scammers to identify and communicate with potential victims.
“Scammers are always looking for new ways to take advantage of users over the Internet, and social media sites are not safe zones,” says Paula Fleming, spokesperson for the local BBB. “Since social media is so widely used, it is a popular way for scammers to hit users when they are least expecting it.”
According to BBB Scam Tracker, over 700 scams involving Facebook have already been reported to BBB across the U.S. and Canada since the start of this year.
Click HERE for more information from BBB on the top 3 scams that commonly occur on Facebook and how to identify them.
Consumers fall victim to online scams every day, and social media sites are no exception. Avoid falling for Facebook scams with these BBB tips:
Don’t blindly accept friend requests
Be wary of accepting friend requests from people you don’t know. Before accepting a friend request from a stranger, check out their profile. A recently created page with little or no posts or other information may be a fake.
Another thing to look out for is friend requests from someone you thought you were already friends with. Many times scammers create a false version of a friend or family member’s profile to try to gain personal information. If you see a request from someone you are already friends with, contact that person directly and let them know there may be an issue with their account.
Keep your information safe
Anytime someone tries to get your bank account number, Social Security Number or other sensitive information, that should be an automatic red flag. Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers, or prepaid debit card identification numbers to someone you don’t know.
Report if you fall victim or if you suspect a scam
Report any fake profiles and fraud attempts to Facebook. You can do this by clicking on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the profile’s cover photo.
If you fall victim to a Facebook scam, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov and report the scam to BBB Scam Tracker and share as many details as possible to warn others in your community.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses, all available for free at bbb.org.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB Serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont was founded in 1920.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Better Business Bureau.)
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