To protect yourself from these scams, if you don’t understand what you’re giving money to, don’t go through with it. Remember that anyone can put adverts or content on Facebook. Go directly to an expert website on the topic, or to a larger news outlet, to check the information.
You can protect yourself online generally by keeping current on software updates on your web browser.
How to report a Facebook scam
Facebook has recently put more resources into weeding out scams. You can report suspicious content to Facebook directly.
- If you see a suspicious message, report it to Facebook by tapping the ‘Something’s Wrong’ button.
- If you received a suspicious email supposedly from Facebook, forward it [email protected]
- If an email or post looks strange, don’t click any of the links in it or open any attachments, and report it.
- If someone’s bothering you, you can block, report, ignore or delete their messages.
- If you suspect that an account is fake or impersonating someone, report it.
- If you’ve received suspicious notifications, you can learn more about how to identify and report them.
If you’ve been the victim of scam and have sent money, then straight away call your bank and get the payments stopped.