Can I Be Scammed With Facebook Ads?: Scammers are getting real creative recently, the major gimmick of scams is that they try anything and everything to appear legitimate, this is vividly portrayed in different forms of scams from Ponzi schemes, Phishing Emails, Romance scams, Crypto Scams, Facebook Scams and others, one major thing is common in all of this scams is that they all try to portray themselves as a legitimate source or organization, they all put on the facade of legitimacy.
There are different types of scams on Facebook and Advertisement Scam is part of it. Apart from the popular Romance scam and Facebook Account clone scam, Facebook Ads scam is another way scammers defraud people of their money. Yes, you can be scammed with Facebook Ads– Let explain how.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary; an Advertisement is something (such as a short film or a written notice or pictures) that is shown or presented to the public to help sell a product or to make an announcement. We come in contact with different forms of advertisement every day in our life, from flyers to Billboards and many more. Facebook Ads is the same but on the platform.
Can I Be Scammed With Facebook Ads?
Just like a Facebook user, Facebook Ads allow businesses to create individual profiles, mimicking the functions of a standard Facebook user – to post information about the business, including photos, videos, music and engage with Facebook users. This empowered users to become a fan of a business and share information about that business with their friends.
Scammers have been able to infiltrate the Facebook ads system to post products to attract victims to scams. Every Facebook user has come across one or more fake Facebook Ads, at some point. And the best thing about those ads (supposedly) is the fact that they have been tailored to your likes and interests. These ads tend to follow the current social situation, doing the Covid 19 Pandemic nationwide lockdown, Facebook users tend to see lots of home gym equipment because doing that time people were mostly doing home work-out and will likely buy a home work-out equipment.
When you make purchases from a face Facebook ads link, you will likely receive a knock-off product or won’t receive any product. The scammer makes use of fake tracking-ID to trick the buyer into believing that the goods are on the way so they can make the payment or if the victims will receive a package, might just be an empty carton or a carton filled with rubbish.
How to protect yourself Against Facebook Ads scam
- It’s too good to be true: One common thing about this scam is the prices are always significantly low, sometimes you might see a 75% off the normal price and the shipping fee is always small or free.
It’s definitely tempting, but your know how the saying goes- if it is too good to be true it is probably fake.
- Contact information: Make sure the business you’re buying from has contact details – email, phone number, address – so that you can get in touch with their customer service or fix any problem you might have after the purchase.
Next, check if the contact details are real – is the address a real place? Does the phone number work? Did they reply to your email?
If you can’t find any contact details on their Facebook page or their website besides Facebook Messenger, be wary, pages like this tend to be scam pages.
- Comments And Reviews: Before purchasing a particular product make sure to check comments and reviews by other buyers about the product. This might lead to some revelation about the product if it is a scam product other victims will have commented on the product and give it a negative review.
Even if the product advert is not a scam, reading comments and reviews tells you more about the product you’re about to buy from the buyers’ point of view.
Be wary of a post without comments also, or a post with its comment turned off, as scammers use this method to avoid being exposed. When you see few positive comments under a Facebook Ads with no negative or moderate comments, be careful of such posts as scammers might drop positive comments on their advertisement with other Facebook accounts.
- Secure payments: Confirm if the payment process is done through a secure connection. Check if the website’s URL starts with “HTTPS” and has a lock icon next to it (SSL certificate). Any website that doesn’t have an SSL certificate is a danger to the security and privacy of users who submit credit card data, social security numbers, usernames, passwords and search terms to a site.
- Clear return and refund policy: before trading with a seller through Facebook ads, make sure the seller has a well structured and easily understandable return and refund policy. Thing like the shipping fee for returned goods, days before return and refunds is invalid should all be clearly stated by the seller.
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