Ok, folks. It’s time for a lesson in how to easily spot a Facebook scam page.
If you’re a small business then chances are you have a page on Facebook. If you haven’t yet, you will eventually be hit with a scam page trying to convince you that you’ve violated Facebook’s terms or policies. You will then be given a link, asked to click on the link, and threatened with an account block if you don’t click said link.
Normally I wouldn’t care about these pages but I see a shocking number of people who are falling prey to these scam pages and I find it baffling. A great number of people who’ve spent a large amount of years on the internet and they don’t know how to spot the signs. Since I’m a small business owner, I feel it’s my duty to help a brother/sister out by showing them how to easily spot the signs of a scam page.
First on the list is one I personally received two days ago. I was quite excited to finally get mine because I’ve watched everyone else get these scam pages so this is me, finally making it in the Facebook pages world!
The most important thing you need to notice is that the people who are sharing your posts are just pages. Pages JUST. LIKE. YOURS. You honestly think Facebook would tell you that you’ve violated their terms and services by sharing said violation for all the world to see? Come on, guys. That’s like your doctor telling the world about that thing he found.
So. Take a look at this screen shot and really look at it. This isn’t your page so you don’t need to panic. Take your time and go through it, word by word, line by line.
Come on. The name of a person (Lindsay) or a place (Naples) gets capitalized, or an organization (Facebook, MySpace, iTunes). Not Page or Disabled. You can’t capitalize random words all willy nilly.
Third point a. Lack of English skills. Read this sentence out loud for me, word for word: “It is caused someone has reported you that there were irregularities of content, for violating terms of service.”
THERE ARE WORDS MISSING AND OTHERS MISSPELLED. It SHOULD read, “It is because someone has reported your post” or “Someone has reported your post as spam” etc. etc..
Third point b. Not really an issue in this post but punctuation. In a post about your violation, Facebook is not going to use an exclamation mark. They’re a business. That’s not to say that Facebook hasn’t had obvious typos, because they have and I’ve caught them. That’s just human error. But in scammy pages like this, improper punctuation, grammar, translation from (random language) to English, and spelling are your tell-tale signs that they may not be as legit as they would like you to believe.
Fourth. Count how many times the word “confirm” or “re-confirm” shows up in this picture. Go ahead, I’ll wait. (It’s 6.)
The people who write these posts are scaring you into thinking that if you do not confirm your page, that your account will be blocked or disabled. That’s why the second line is, “Your Page will be Disabled!” Note the use of the exclamation mark, as well as Page and Disabled being capitalized for emphasis, and then there’s 6 ‘confirm’s telling you to confirm your page. If there are more confirms and disabled/blocked account, then you’re more likely to be psychologically bullied into thinking you need to confirm your page. You do not.
Fifth is a scammy link that does not start with the words: http://www.facebook.com/
All Facebook subpages begin with http://www.facebook.com/ followed by whatever area you’re looking to navigate to next. Here are some examples:
Note the fact that every link begins with Facebook.com but there’s also that https thing. Hmm. Haven’t seen that before? You have and you should know what it is. Whenever you go shopping, if you do not see https then you shut that shit down and shop elsewhere. https is Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It is, basically, security that protects the information that’s being sent.
So now you see that the link that’s included with this post? Scam.
Scroll through the photos I’ve included and you’ll see different scammy page names but the message is all the same. Some sort of violation, please click the link, we’ll steal your info.
They’re asking you to click on the link and I assume re-enter all your Facebook, such as login email as well as your password. If you HAVE fallen prey and have clicked said link, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD NOW. You can find that in your Security Settings under General, or here:
You’re going to log yourself out of all devices. Facebook will ask you if you want to do that and you will say yes. Next you want to take yourself through a thorough Privacy Basics and what that will do is go through and check any apps you have added, any suspicious activity, and then you have the chance to remove them.
The next step is going through your Activity Log. You can find that on your profile page. Go through that and see if there’s anything you’ve posted, anything you’ve commented, anything you’ve liked that YOU haven’t done. Remove it.
Now, the obvious last step is if you have received one of these notifications, go to the actual page and report it as harassment or abuse, or as a spam/scam page. In the right hand corner you’ll see three dots. You click that and that’s where you’ll find the Report option.
Now that I’ve armed you with information, please either share this post with your biz friends, or share the information found therein.