How to recognize and avoid Facebook and Instagram frauds

How to recognize and avoid Facebook and Instagram frauds

How to recognize and avoid Facebook and Instagram frauds

It's crucial to recognize frauds and efforts to access your Facebook or Instagram accounts if you have a public profile. In this lesson, we'll go over some red flag behaviors, explain some of the most common scamming techniques, and provide some additional tips for staying safe on Facebook and Instagram.

Things to be aware of

  • You may receive requests for money from people you do not know.
  • Anyone who asks you to pay a fee to apply for a job.
  • Pages represent a significant organization or a public individual that has not been verified.
  • People request that you relocate your Facebook conversation to a less visible or secure location, such as a separate email.
  • People request money or gift cards in exchange for a reward.
  • In an emergency, anyone professes to be a friend or relative.
  • People that give false information about their whereabouts.
  • They have poorly written or spelled messages or posts.
  • You are being directed to claim a prize by people or accounts.


Common scams

Here are a few common instances to be aware of:


Lottery scamming

Scammers will claim that you are one of the lottery winners and that you may get your money in exchange for a bit of advance charge. You may be asked to disclose personal information by the scammer.


Scams involving loans

Scammers offer rapid loans with low-interest rates in exchange for a minor advance charge via text messages and social media posts.


Scams involving romance

Scammers use romantic messages to initiate online connections with people they don't know in the hopes of receiving money for flights or visas.


Scams in the workplace

Scammers use false or deceptive job postings to obtain your personal information or money. Avoid job postings that appear too good to be accurate or require payment up ahead.


Theft of an access token

You will receive a link requesting access to your Facebook account or Page. The URL may appear from a legitimate app, but it is a technique for spammers to acquire access to your account.


Tips on how to avoid being a victim of a con

Here are a few additional pointers to keep you safe from frauds and spam.

  • Scammers posing as Facebook representatives should be avoided.
  • and are the official company email addresses. Facebook and Instagram will never ask for your credentials by email or message.
  • Look over your login history for any strange entries.
  • Go to your Facebook profile settings and select Security and Login from the drop-down menu.


Report suspicious emails

If you receive a message that you suspect is a scam, do not open it and report it to Facebook at as soon as possible.


Suspicious links should not be clicked or opened.

Spam can be distributed by clicking on malicious links or downloading malicious software. Scammers have also gained access to people's Facebook accounts, which they then send spam.

  • Don't pay them any money if someone tries to sell you a verification badge.
  • Don't put your trust in someone who wants to be an administrator on your Page.
  • If you are compensated for your participation, report the person or profile to Facebook instead.

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