Posted: March 2nd 2016
Through everyday life, we all get those scamming emails and phone calls. For example, your Nigerian uncle has just died and it just so happened he was a prince worth billions of pounds and you’ve apparently been left everything in his will, or you’ve been in a crash and you could have claimed thousands in compensation (bear in mind with all these you’ve never had a car accident and you're 99% sure that you have no Nigerian relatives).
With these scams above it’s pretty obvious that these aren’t legit, but scammers are getting clever.
Barclays Bank are now doing TV adverts as people are trying to use their name to gain people information.
Scammers are now trying to gain your information through Facebook. You might be thinking why? What possible information could they gain from Facebook? Facebook needs card information to do anything like boosts, page promotion and adverts, and hackers are clever and experienced - they know how to get the correct information and how to use it.
Here are some tips about awareness of online scams and how to deal with suspicious messages:
- Never click on any suspicious links that have been sent to you claiming to be a business
- Never give any card details out unless you have checked the legitimacy of the caller and the business
- Always ask for proof that you are dealing with a genuine business
- Relating to Facebook - if you get any messages through that look suspicious or claim to be from the Facebook Team, always contact Facebook directly to check if the message is legit
Below is an example of a scam message claiming to be from Facebook. THIS IS NOT LEGIT:
Note : If within 48 hours, you have not verified your page on our link, then you have ignored our notifications and your page will be suspended. Sincerely, Facebook Support Team”
If you are ever suspicious, click on the link below and speak directly to a Facebook advisor.