Scams are commonplace and fraud protection is imperative if you need to prevent your money or identity from being stolen. Facebook contest scams are one of the most common type and these sweepstakes scams are just trying to cash in on the social media craze. So, how do you check and avoid being deceived by Facebook pages that look too legit?

  • Fake Facebook Page Scams & Need for Fraud Protection

The idea behind fake Facebook pages is quite profit oriented: the scam artist creates a Facebook page that sounds like it belongs to a trustworthy company or a celebrity. The pages look trustworthy and legit. Scammers appropriate money by false means using this social media platform. Scammers steal logos and graphics to make the page look like it belongs to the person or firm. Followers are build up by placing ads, having fake accounts like pages and other deceptive methods.

Once trust has been built up, followers are contacted to be informed that they have won a prize. Fraud protection becomes an important necessity here, to guard against the temptation of massive prizes.

  • What You Can Do

Fraud protection from scammers on Facebook is essential. Know the signs of such scams. Facebook contest scams almost always have warning indications and signals. Poor grammar, incorrect spelling and other such signs should be a clear red flag that money is being sought by the scammer.

Another step towards fraud protection is to check if the Facebook page is verified. The identities of certain pages are likely to be faked. Pages that Facebook has verified have a blue check mark next to their profile name. Verified pages are legit. Not being verified is one sign the page may not be legitimate. Another is that there is no website linking the Facebook page to any company or valid sweepstakes sponsor.

“Celeb” friend requests are another warning sign. Many scammers pick up account names closely resembling or linked to a celeb and then try to trick you and get money out of you. If something appears weird about the page, it is an important idea to stop following it. Check if spelling and grammar are correct too. Scam sites are more likely to have typos and low quality graphics.

Facebook pages which are scams have no links to official sites. Another dead giveaway is that the scam  page has low quality posts which are few and far in between. A warning sign is that the page is classified as a community and is an official page. Searching for sites on Facebook is possible using its search functionality. Timeline photos may lack descriptions or milestones may be missing. Other key pages of the scam site may also lack information. Spam profiles may also lack real friends or shared connections.

Another sign you need fraud protection from a fake Facebook page is that the scam site has been newly created while the company it is associated with has been around for years! Less number of likes than expected for a large, well known company is another indication that something is wrong. Watch out for cyber scammers that ask for personal or confidential information. Another sign is if the message is followed with a list of things that winners have to do to claim their prize. With requests for personal information like the SSN number, home address, birth date, bank account, or credit card details, the scammer seeks an inside track into your finances, security and future.