You seem to be seeing them more and more often, and sadly, people still fall for Facebook scams. Here is how to identify if it is a scam or not.
According to Wes Lafortune, the Media and Communications Specialist for the Better Business Bureau, online purchases where the deals seem really good are the most common scam.
"You see something you want to get, you buy it; it's either a counterfeit product that you got, or it's never delivered, it's a rip-off."
This scam could include designer brands, clothing, or anything that might seem too good to be true.
Another scam that has been around for a while is the "free trial" scam. These scams sell you a product that you can try for free, but in reality what they do is charge you for that free trial and keep charging your credit card.
"The other ones that people see fairly often are fake apps. That's a real red flag because as soon as you download that app, you're giving somebody access to your device."
Of course, another scam that has been seen is the fake profile scam. For example, fake profiles of AIR 106.1 have been made while we are doing contests. They try to get information and get people to message fake profiles instead of the real one.
Another scam that Lafortune brought up was a scam that he called a "bait and switch." A bait and switch is when somebody posts something in a group to try and get people to share that link, then later on they switch that link. This also includes fake rental links or anything of that nature.
According to Lafortune, the best way to determine whether these scams are genuine is to conduct research.
"Do a Google search on the product that's been advertised, the service that's been advertised, or the app that's being advertised. Of course, use good judgment; don't make a quick decision to buy something or sign up for something."
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