Fake Facebook Deals That Will Steal Your Information

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Fake Facebook Deals That Will Steal Your Information: Just about every day, some kind of new Facebook scam emerges, and there is never a shortage of fake sales and discounts out there that are just after your money!

Usually, these offers seem innocuous, just like this picture or page to win xxx, when they can cause some serious damage in fact.

Beware of fake offers on Facebook.

As scammers try to take advantage of people who are looking for ways to save, you should always be on the lookout for fake deals online and particularly on Facebook.



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Fake Facebook Deals That Will Steal Your Information

In reality, with scammers pretending to give a $60 coupon in exchange for user information, a fake Dollar General coupon pops up time and again.

If you see what looks like a great deal on Facebook (or anywhere online), you could hesitate at first if the offer seems too good to be true. But then there’s the feeling that a seriously good deal might be losing out on you, so you check it out.

You may never have heard of the website, but it has millions of Facebook likes, nice pictures of all the goods, and the page also publishes links to a website many times a day, which does not mean that it is a legitimate business or a legitimate deal!

Much as we see in other phishing and online scams, offenders are pretty good at using professional images and very enticing language to make these deals and Facebook accounts very official-looking.

And these scams come in all shapes and sizes that vary.

How to avoid fake offers and other scams circulating on Facebook

Red flags that an offer or company on Facebook is fake:

  • There are zero negative feedback or comments on the Facebook page.
  • Unless you can locate a company phone number or address.

What to do if you’ve responded to an alert or other notification that you think could be a scam:

  • Get the malware to get rid of. Update the legal protection program or download it and search your computer. Delete as an issue everything it finds. Here’s a list of free options for antivirus and malware security.
  • Change any passwords you have received. Change those accounts, too, if you use these passwords for other accounts.
  • If a credit card is used to pay for fake services, contact the credit card issuer and ask them to reverse the charges. For any other charges, you did not make, review your statements and ask to reverse those, too.
  • Visit the FTC’s identity fraud website if you suspect that someone might have compromised your personal or financial details. You will reduce the chance of more harm and fix any issues that are already in place.
  • File a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Tips to avoid similar scams

  • Don’t click on any links in an email or text you weren’t expecting: Malware attacks are often disguised by scammers as emails that appear to be from a friend, supportive website, or company with which you are doing business. Delete the email if you are not sure about it and contact the friend or company directly. It could install malware on your computer if you click on some connection or attachment in an email you were not expecting, without you even realizing it until your bank account has been drained.
  • Don’t click on any links in a Facebook post from a source you don’t recognize: If it’s a free offer for anything, but you need to want, share, press, or do something else to redeem the free offer, don’t do it! It’s a scam, probably.
  • Do not click on any of the links if you receive an email claiming to be from your bank or other organization that has your personal information: It could still quite easily be a scam even though it looks official. Instead, to search for any new notices, log in to your account separately. You can also call the company via email about the details sent.
  • Research unknown sites before going to them directly: Double-check the spelling of the web address/URL by first doing a search for it when it comes to spotting potentially dangerous websites before you head to an unknown location.
  • Run antivirus software: To search for any malware that may be hidden in the background, run antivirus security programs on your devices frequently.
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