A while back, I read an article by Bloomberg, which was and is a very interesting and fascinating article. The title of that article is “Ad Scammers Need Suckers and Facebook Helps Find Them.”
I know the title is harsh, but after reading their article, I understood why.
If you haven’t read that article, it’s time you read it!
I’m bringing the Facebook frauds and scams up because after I finshed researching, everyone seemed to have the same outcome and that is not much is getting done by Facebook. I was astonished that little is done according to what I researched online.
As for me, I thought wow and when I remember reading that Bloomberg article, I thought I’d compile what I gathered for people.
This is not just me writing my thoughts and opinions, I’m gonna link you to those articles and embed vlogger’s concerns.
After reading this article, it is up to you to make a decision on how you are gonna handle the frauds and scams on Facebook.
I’m warning you right now, if you want to go through everything, you’re gonna spend some time in here, so buckle up.
Most of the info I’m going to add on this article was done by news and people expressing their concerns about Facebook.
I don’t want to eat up all your time, so let’s get to it.
The Bloomberg Article
I thought I’d start there because like I said it was a fascinating article. Bloomberg changed the title, but it is the same article that I read.
You can check it out below.
Read it here ==> bloomberg.com
I also want people to know that scammers taint everything, including Affiliate Marketing.
There are right ways and wrong ways to market to people.
The excellent way is those who are transparent with you. You are purchasing something through a recommendation that they feel will actually help you with whatever needs a person has.
It could be health and fitness, food, lifestyle, dog leashes, cute dog clothing, hair extensions, eye cream, fun party supplies, or scrapbooking are just a few.
These affiliate marketers, more than likely started their website to share their experiences with a product or service they stand behind.
I’m expressing this because it hurts the good guys when schemes and scams run rapid online.
As you know, we don’t own Facebook, and if you think my agenda is to stop people from going there, that is not the case although I don’t use it any longer.
My goal is hoping that Zuckerberg starts having compassion for their users because the article I read in military.com, the scam leads to a shocking tragedy.
Military.com feels that Facebook isn’t doing enough.
Read It here ==> Military.com Article
After reading that article and watching the video footages.
It appears that Facebook is primarily based on the number of users because not every fake account was deleted.
People actually died because of an entangled web, which I’m not blaming Facebook, but things could have been a whole lot different if we can inform and help as much people as we can with these frauds and scams.
Especially because Facebook knew that the image used was circulating a scheme.
I feel that all images should have been deleted or taken down because the schemers knew that people who fell for their scam for some reason trusted that image.
CNBC Article President Warns Zuckerburg About Fake News
When a President personally warns a business owner about concerns, why would it be a problem to inquire about it instead of brushing the whole warning away.
Take the time to read the article written by CNBC,
Read It Here ==> CNBC
Men And The Internet: According To Men’s Health Magazine
The results for Facebook and News!
39% of men say they get their news from Facebook.
It is a known fact that fake news is circulating on Facebook. I get that people believe what they want to believe.
I was shocked to find out that 39% of men get their news through Facebook according to Men’s Health Magazine. It makes me wonder how many women get their news from their as well.
Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
Obviously, we know about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which I’m sure a lot of us find to be concerning.
If you don’t know much about it,
Start here ==> Wikipedia
I’m really giving you a lot of data, now I feel it’s crucial to show different types of scams on Facebook.
Friends identity scam! Similar to what Mitary.com expressed.
I was shocked that it took The News for Facebook to do something about this scam.
Lottery scams are another one.
By scammers using Facebook, it allows the scammer to be more visual through messanger with their scheme so it is more enticing for people to fall for them.
I’ve written an article about e-commerce scams. A lot of times, these schemes underprice the value of products enticing people to buy.
More often, people don’t get anything in the mail, and sometimes people get knockoffs or not precisely what the ad indicated.
In this video, this Vlogger Geeks Life purchased one of these scams, and he shows what happened.
This scam is a brief video, but be cautious about signing up for tax breaks, solar panels, student loans, and other schemes through Facebook ads.
Some of these Facebook solar ads use advertorial style ads that look like real news websites. They indicate that you can get tax breaks for solar panels and they offer a page where you place your personal information in there like,
- Phone Number
- Email address
- Marital status
People are giving out their personal information, not knowing that it could be a site that sells your info to scammers.
The FTC has a site that shows the type of complaints people have in different states. If you look at each state in the DNC (do not call) complaints these complaints kind of coincides with the scams that happens on Facebook.
People are willingly giving out their phone number and other personal data, and it might just be from placing your information inside one of these deceptive ads people come across.
Now robocalls start to infest your phone for other types of services that you never inquired about.
This scam is an interesting one if you grow a large following with your Facebook page.
Your page can get compromised if you are not careful who you are dealing with.
The Vlogger Gold Rush News broke down how the scheme works.
The vlogger named Atomic Shrimp vlogged about what happens when you report a scam on Facebook.
The vlog was straight to the point!
It all sums up to what Atomic Shrimp says in his video, why isn’t Facebook doing anything about scams! cuz you are the product, not the customers!
What Can You Do To Protect Yourself
- Don’t correspond with people you don’t know!
- If you know them and all sudden they have an opportunity, it might be a good idea to call them personally.
- Use an ad blocker
- The most significant rule that people should follow, if it’s too good to be true, then it is!
All In All
I know the info I shared was a lot of data.
After going through all that info, it makes me wonder how many real users are actually using Facebook, how many duplicate users are using Facebook, and how many fake users are using Facebook.
They say that they have billions but who really knows.
What we do know is that scammers and fraudsters use it, so please be careful.
I won’t take more of your time summing this article up.
I hope things change at Facebook for the sake of their should I say customers or products!
What are your thoughts about the compile data I shared? Are you familiar with these Facebook frauds and scams? If so, please do share your thoughts below, much appreciate it, Evelyn.