Facebook Messenger Scam; Since email scammers aren’t having as much progress with email phishing scams, they are now turning toward Facebook Messenger to try and detached Facebook users from their money. Here is the top list of Facebook Messenger scams threatening Facebook users.
Account Violation Scams
Each time someone does something on Facebook that goes against community rules and regulations, they’ll receive a message telling them their account has been found in violation.
The way and manner scammers take advantage of this is by creating a fake Facebook account that looks like a formal Facebook profile. They then send users a message stating that their account has been found in violation of their terms of service.
How to know fake Facebook Messenger message:
- The profile the message comes from looks strange and consists of few details.
- The wording of the message quality broken English and poor grammar.
- Account violation notification from Facebook comes in the Support Center, not from Facebook Messenger.
ways to protect yourself: The only way to avoid things like this from happening is to keep in mind when you see a message like this ignore it and never give out your Facebook password to the scammer as ask.
Facebook Messenger Romance Scams
So many people use Facebook as a market place to meet new, potential romantic partners. Scammers know this, so they generate a fake Facebook profile featuring someone very charming, then reach out to single Facebook users in the hopes of putting up a fake romantic relationship.
After building the relationship effectively via Facebook messenger, the scammer will now start asking for money. Some few reasons for money include things coming from divorce costs, expenses of coming over to see you, or they’ll pose to be in a crisis and need your assistant.
How you know the message is fake:
- The profiles have very few posts and no relevant identifying details.
- Messages have broken English or poor grammar.
- The chat starts based on a relationship but then turns to a demand for money before long.
- The scam artist will always come up with excuses for why they can never meet in person.
ways to protect yourself: If you have never met your romantic partner in person, never forward them anything of any monetary value.
Facebook Messenger Lottery Scams
Another method that is used is the Facebook Messenger scam is the lottery scam. This scam usually comes from a carbon copy Facebook account that resembles to be someone you know. However, sometimes it comes from an unfamiliar person claiming to be the director of the lottery program.
The scammer will tell you they have noticed you are the winner of a lottery. They will tell you they’ll send you the money, but first, you need to send a sum to cover certain management “expenses” involved in clarifying your winnings. To clarify the fee, the scammer will usually ask you for a credit card or bank account information.
The outcome will be the scammer clearing the funds in your account and you’ll never see a dime.
Facebook Messenger Donation Scams
For this scam, instead of duplicating accounts of your friends, the criminals will reproduce accounts to look like they come from famous religious leaders or even celebrities. Still, in other cases, the reproduced accounts appear to come from people who run well-known charities.
The donation scam is simple. The scam artist will send you a message asking if you’re willing to contribute to their charity.
Many people who care about the cause of the fake charity will actually give their bank account or credit card information to the scam artist. Instead of contributing money, people end up having their credit card or bank account drained of all monetary funds.
How to protect yourself: Just like with lottery scams, never transfer monetary account details on Facebook. If you want to give it to a charity, contact the charity directly by phone and make your contribution.
Facebook Messenger Inheritance Scams
To play out this scam, culprits will generate counterfeit accounts to appear as though they are a lawyer or the head of a legal institution. The scam artist will tell you a dead person you know has left you a hereditary of some size.
The catch is that you will need to supply either personal information like your social security number, or even your bank account details.
This is nothing more than a different point of view to the aforementioned plans. The scam artist simply wants entry to information that will let them swindle your money.
How to protect yourself: While it may be enticing to give your information so you can get your inheritance, this situation is always too good to be true. Inheritance lawyers will never reach out on Facebook, and inheritance messages always come as an endorsed letter via the U.S. Post Office.
Facebook Messenger Loan Scams
To mastermind the loan Facebook Messenger scam, scam artists will usually start by duplicating the account of one of your friends.
Then they will either post on a Group page or send you a direct message saying they’ve discovered a page where you can get a quick loan with a very low-interest rate, complete with a link to the web page.
If you visit the page, it will attempt to persuade you to pay a small advanced fee in order to be entitled to the loan.
ways to protect yourself: Even if such information comes from a friend, never give your bank details on any unrecognized website. Stick to applying for low-interest loans at banks you already know.
Facebook Messenger Free Money Scams
Even more attractive than the cheap loan scams are messages scam artists send claiming there’s a government grant or a company giveaway you qualify for. The scam artist will usually direct you to a counterfeit site encouraging you to enter your credit card or bank account information.
Just like other scams, the only thing that will happen if you give your information is your account will be drained of all funds.
How to protect yourself: Never give your bank details on any unknown website. If you want to register for a government grant, do so on the government website directly. You’ll know it is legit if the URL ends in .gov.
Facebook Messenger Compromising Video Scam
A much more current Facebook Messenger scam showing up on Facebook is the compromising video scam. This is where a scammer either break into or duplicate one of your friend’s Facebook accounts, then send you a message saying they’ve noticed you in a compromising YouTube video.
The message will read something like this:
“Hey! What are you doing in this video lol! Search your name and skip to 2:43 on the video. supply in browser with no spaces: [Web address removed]”
Usually, the link will ask you to log into your Facebook account to see the video. By doing this, gives the scammers access to your Facebook account, which they’ll then use to scam your friends into giving up their Facebook password as well.
ways to protect yourself: Never enter your Facebook login information into any website other than Facebook.