How to spot a Facebook scam

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How to spot a Facebook scam

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There are many fake Facebook promotions and ‘special offer’ ads where you can be sent to sites where your computer can be infected with malware or your personal details can be lifted.

 

How to spot a Facebook scam

Below is an example of a real Facebook scam that offered a tempting voucher for a familiar high street name in the US. But clicking on the links in the scam could leave your computer exposed to malware or identity theft. We show the warning signs to look out for:

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  • Genuine retail companies don’t just give away $1000 gift cards like the fake Bestbuy deal, pictured above, to all and sundry on Facebook. Freebies and unbelievable offers should sound an alarm.
  • The commenter's below the Bestbuy promotion only have first names, which is against Facebook’s rules. The names don’t link to real profiles.
  • The comments button doesn’t work – a strong sign that the page is a mock-up.
  • Sloppy grammar can be a give away. Bestbuy would never be caught saying: ‘Step 2 will get revealed’.

What you should do

  • Before clicking on anything, check where the link is going to send you by hovering over it. Alternatively, right-click over the link itself, and select Copy link address and paste it into a text document, to reveal the actual destination address. If it doesn’t link to bestbuy.com- or whichever website it's claiming to be - then don’t click through.
  • Never provide your mobile number or any other personal information, including your date of birth, to a web company that you have never heard of.

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