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Facebook Scam Pages

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.
privacy

Second. It’s important to pay attention to the font of the page name. Does Privacy Policy’s page name not look weird to you? Of course it does. That’s because they’re not using normal letters in their title. It’s the ‘i’ that’s weird but it’s so subtle that if grammar/punctuation/spelling/English isn’t your strong suit, you’ll miss it.
Third. Next in Privacy Policy’s post is their blatant inability to figure out what words Should be Capitalized and Which Ones Shouldn’t.
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:
https://www.facebook.com/about/basics/
https://www.facebook.com/help
https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy&privacy_source=privacy_lite
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.

Sixth. If you’ve honestly violated Facebook’s terms and conditions in ANY way, they would investigate the claim; notify you in a post, one that only YOU can see, that they received a report from an anonymous user; what the report claims (nudity, scam, abuse, etc.); they’ve investigated said claim; and then what their outcome is. But that’s all done in a manner that only you can see. No one else should be able to see that and, if you click on Privacy Policy’s page, or any scamming page like it, you’ll see the violations of other people.

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:
https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=account

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.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Here is a link to my husband’s video. He was nominated to do the ice bucket challenge by our friend and his coworker, Stuart.

He was also nominated by Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux (all fans were nominated). Also, Marc-Andre Fleury did his in a banana suit so hubby thought he’d up his game.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (mine)

Here’s a link to my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

If you don’t believe this trending charity drive is doing much good, please check out this blog entry. It’s written by a wife who lives with ALS every day. Her husband has it and she believes in it.

http://www.bostern.com/blog/2014/08/15/what-an-als-family-really-thinks-about-the-ice-bucket-challenge/

Vacation pictures, for those that care – IMAGE HEAVY

“bocce ball with father in law and hubby. hubby and I won a game each.”

“ultimate smoring happening – it’s where you put the chocolate INSIDE the marshmallow and THEN roast the marshmallow”

“facebomb your friends? just a little weird?”

“I have made fire!! now where’s wilson!?”

“I kissed a toad and I didn’t like it”

“too cold to beach so instead I start a baby sweater. Not for me, for the record”

“luscious bakery cheese bread. so delish”

“hole in one at putterama – the 19th hole is hard. if you get it in the hole (one chance) then you win this token, which I’ve been trying to win for 8.5 years”

“the land is money and I disagree with charging people to walk on land that you used to believe belongs to mother nature.”

“glass in motion glass pendant. almost every year we go I pick out a piece and hubby buys it for me. this year he’s making fun of my black heart. whatever. it’s sparkly night. they have another shop in grand bend. i like this piece, though, because it looks like an owl face”

“spf60 wasn’t helping. bought a new bottle in case my other was expired. helped somewhat but I’m just tanned now. no wicked burns”

“padawan”

“padawan 2”

“goodnight, Sauble. Such beautiful sunsets. I sat on the beach by myself and watched the sun set. So amazing and serene.”

“i picked a bunch o wildflowers (and weeds) on a walk with hubby and father in law. we walked to where the sauble river meets lake huron”

“Skimmer Girl. we found this skimming board abandoned and gave it to a couple of kids”

“Foggy Beach Day. this crazy day was crazy weather”

“gull. I was chasing them around while my husband considered committing me to the looney bin”

Ok, this one is difficult to see but it says, “This monument was erected in memory of all those who fought in the time war.” For the record, I wrote along the side: #Gallifrey

“about to ultimate smore, folks. not sure we can handle the excitement”

“best vacation ever!! movies, 3 tubs of candy? how can it get any better!”

“cheesebread – almost all gone in less than 24 hours”

“reminds me of coeur de l’hiver’s soap bottles”

“discount books SCORE!!”

“fingers only”

“fluffy ice cream clouds”

“i have made fire!! AGAIN!”

“kissy faces”

“momma and chicken”

“oh so hopeful – not a clue what for, though”

“pip and pop the parrots”

“read that first paragraph and tell me what you think”

“sleepy girl on the way to Sauble”

“smore face – bit dark”

“this actually happened – my fashion sense went out the window when I started shivering”

“ukulele man serenading his wifey”

“wonky face”

“woolies because it was cold”

“worst vacation ever!!”

“Inglis Falls”

“Christy at the Falls”

“Climbing the walls”

“So bored”

“Ta-da!”

“high fives”

“beautiful”

“lindsay and her chicken”

“tree growing out of a rock”

“come on, michael. time to go find your parents”

“moss covered rolling stone something something”

“pretty water”

“proof that sometimes, camera phones cannot take an accurately coloured photo. I swear to god that my chest never looked like it was covered in lava. …well, not this year, anyway”

“yep. didn’t look like that.”