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Social media sites designed to scam people

For the fact that there are possibly billions of people using one social media sites or another makes an opportunity available for online scammers to set up their accounts and carry out extensive promotional activities just to lure the gullible ones to invest in their business products and services offer. Below are the red flags to look out for when checking online stores set up on social media sites. 

THERE ACCOUNT WOULD POP UP SUDDENLY 

All these scammers are in the business of creating new social media accounts or pages on daily basis. So, when dealing with any accounts or page marketing one product or another, always check out its time of set up, if it's still new without much transaction history, there is a 90% possibility of the account being set up to scam people. 

FEW REVIEWS ONLINE ABOUT THE ACCOUNT OR PAGE 

These scammers knows that it would be very difficult to convince people to patronize whatever they are offering or selling without having good reviews about their products. So, most of the times they either pay for the reviews or set up other fake accounts and used them to write reviews that are lies just to mislead people. 

Always make sure to check out the accounts which gave reviews and see if they are fake accounts. 

THEY WILL OFFER YOU CHEAPER PRICE 

This is actually the main trick most online scammers uses to throw off the people they scam off balance. Most times, we look to save a little money from whatever we purchase online and as a result of that these scammers have taken advantage of it and offer cheaper price rates. So, when you are buying and the selling price drops too low from what other online stores offers, it's better to run and avoid falling into the trap set for you. 

In conclusion, applying caution is the best way to avoid getting scammed online and also not being too greedy because it's our greed that makes us vulnerable to scammers and they always show no mercy. 

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amelia88

Not having many (if any!) reviews always makes me a little wary, especially if the company markets itself as something well established that has been around for a long time. I’d always want to pay attention to that kind of thing and trust my gut instict.



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allyn2017

I agree with you, I always read the review first. Sometimes their are some page with repeating review comments and that's my cue to stay away from that page.



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Steve5

That's funny. I've seen a lot of sites with that as well. They have bots that automate fake messages and reviews. They make it look as if it's happening in real time. But once you look closely, you can see the bad grammar and the awkward words they use.



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amelia88

I've seen those too - it's a sure fire sign for me to stay far, far away! Often if I'm checking out a website that has reviews, I look at the one star reviews first. Usually you get a good feel for what a business is doing wrong by looking at those (and they tend to be legit, rather than bot-created!)



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allyn2017

True, the page with bad reviews are more believable than all positive review page.



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allyn2017

Yes, and the reviews are all good and sounds unbelievable. It makes the page sketchy.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, be cautious and always depend on the review first before using any website all over the internet.



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Steve5

That's so true. I'm not confident with sites that have few authentic reviews and interaction from real people. It's a good thing many of us are now aware of such scams. It's best to avoid them since they're only after your money.



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esteban123

Wow this is a great article and I really appreciate it much because of being so helpful and informative. First of all I really don't believe that social media sites are being made or designed to scam people because its main purpose it to give entertainment and to be a useful platform for every people. The only problem is that scammers are taking the opportunity to lure people with the use of these social media sites which should not be the case. They are setting up fake accounts so that they can gain trust of their prospective victims and this is the sad part because the social media sites that we think would help us into certain things will be the one that might put us into trouble if we will not make an extra caution in using it.



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Corzhens

Maybe there are social media network that are designed to scam people but they are the small and new ones in the internet. With the established social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the others that are with us for years now, they are bona-fide social media network for the benefit of the users. I don’t think there is a bad intention from those big social network sites.



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Kakashi2020

There's a lot of Scammers in Facebook and Messenger, most of them are into Ponzi Schemes which they mask and present as income opportunities or businesses. Facebook should police their site and weed out / delete posts of Scammers.



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Steve5

Yes, it's not safe there. Though, you can easily identify them if you're aware of such scams. Keeping your account safe is important. Never give out any information they could use. It's best to not even interact at all. Reporting them to Facebook will prevent them from causing further damage.



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esteban123

I agree with that Facebook have a lot of scammers since I have experienced such situation before wherein someone would offer me some jobs that are offering a great salary but then I already knew that it was a sort of scam that is why I refrain such an offer and blocked that particular account so that it will not disturbed me anymore.



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allyn2017

You know it is a scam when it is good to be true.



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focusedwriter10

Correct. These guys have scammed so many innocent users. One of my friends got into the hands of these scammers, where he lost $460, after being promised to be earning some passive income from the investment.

The sad thing is that Facebook rarely weeds them out.



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allyn2017

that's really unfortunate. Did your friend filed a case?



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mark8625

Scammers scatter everywhere even in social media like Facebook. We should be more vigilant and observant to it. We should not allow anyone to scam us.



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Jelineex

Yes, you are right. It's best to be very vigilant and careful because the scammers are also vigilant and observant. They analysis and plan their attacks. Well, it's good to be safe but we still don't know how those scammers work. It's best not to grab all opportunities especially when it comes to money.



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mark8625

That is right. Scammers are all over the internet and we should have more protective in our private information as well as our bank details too.



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theresajane

I guess, it would be too foolish for a person to be convinced even with just a single introduction of the scammer. Everyone should know that trusting people especially of no trustworthy background is risky. The world is full of scammers nowadays. Online community doesn't trust each other easily.



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allyn2017

With our technology, it is very easy to scam people, so we should be cautious and just trust those seller that has been there for a long time.



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mark8625

That is right. This scammers are well trained and very genius to do such kind of things. If we will not be more wiser to them they will definitely scam and victimize by them.



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Steve5

It's always the risk with doing stuff online. Being educated and well informed about them helps us avoid their traps. So always double check the site's authenticity before attempting to interact.



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overcast

I think technology is definitely being misused. For example, adblockers are letting some ads viewed if the companies pay them. Browsers are collecting the data and selling them to others. And list of such goes on and on. You can see that people have to realize what else can be done in case of the things. Some things are in our control and some are not in our control anymore for sure.



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stbrians

Bad actors are rife to disturb the peace of the web. I think some people should be caught and imprisoned for life.



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overcast

I think bad factors happen because people pay attention to the small details. And they think taking advantage of the same is necessity. So it can be reasonable to consider the fact that people will always scam. As long as we don;t pay attention. We are going to suffer in the same.



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amelia88

That's disgraceful that ad blockers are doing that. Sad that for most people, their morals and ethics will go out the window as soon as someone offers money. Seems to happen more and more these days that people can be paid off to do a range of unethical stuff or just turn a blind eye to things.



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Steve5

It's really sad. I guess we can't really avoid it. Especially, since they're being paid to do it. I hope they're given better ways of earning money instead of shady stuff like that.



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astraherondale

I agree - the ease of setting up social media accounts coupled with the convenience of hiding under a generic username and IP address makes the cyberspace such an appealing environment for scammers to thrive. That's why it's important to vigilant by looking for these red flags that would hint the possibility of a scammer.



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jayjaydimson

Well, I absolutely agree with you, it's all about us because if we make our self-safe from them, we won't get scammed.



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mark8625

That is right. We should be more cautious and observant too to the people that we are dealing for. There are many scammers pretending out there that they are legit but they are surely not.



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stbrians

Since it is easier to get people on social media, scammers have learnt to scam with a passion. What do we do? Where good exists normally evil lacks in the shadows. We should learn how to go about those social media sites



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Judas2018

I've never bought services from anyone through social media. I always ask to be pointed in the direction of an official website, especially if the person or company is brand new. However, the prices for a company's services may vary for different reasons. You'll always get a good rate buying directly from a company. If you're buying through a middle man (freelancing site or platform) the price will be higher because the platform they sell through most likely takes a percentage of their profits. So to make up the difference they 'up' their amounts.



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Corzhens

The usual advice now is to be aware of the scams around us because they are almost everywhere in the internet. We were hit by a scammer a few months ago that the email appeared to be sent by a relative but it was really from a scammer. We were instructed to go to the site https://casinofacebook87.webnode.com/ that was obviously a scam site but we still investigated and we confirmed it to be a scam.



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amelia88

That happens a lot here too. Scammers try and send out emails pretending to be from reputable places like banks, with a link to a fake site where they try and get your internet banking user ID and password. Sadly I think some people assume that they are legitimate emails and then provide those details to the scammers.



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mark8625

I dont understand why there are so many scammers in Facebook. I thought Facebook has strong security for their users. We need to urge them to do something about this issues for our own protection.



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Jelineex

Maybe because Facebook has a huge number of users. It means more prospect to deceive. Scammers increase their profit easily. Besides ,mostly of the social media user are just simply a user. Not everyone cares about the technical side of software. People are just there to use and enjoy it's uses. It is difficult to distinguish a person who's intention is to fool others.



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mark8625

That is right. Most of the users have no idea what would happen to their personal details. We never know if some people can easily access to it.



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burgosmichael24

In this present age, scammers are very rampant everywhere and they find social media sites a good platform to scam people. People nowadays will offer you goods or services at a very low price which is to good to be true. However, one way to avoid being scammed, try to make a background check on the supplier through checking reviews. This way you will have an idea which is legit and not.



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esteban123

I think that social media sites are designed for different purposes one of it is to advertise certain products or services wherein we can have some income through commission when some products are being sold.



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Kakashi2020

Everytime it's nearing Christmas Season there's a lot Scammers posting their get rich quick scams in social media. Most of them are investment scams and networking scams. Just be aware of it and before even going to their site and signing up just remember to google it for scam reviews.



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Jeane

Reviews and testimonials aren't always the most reliable when trying to decide whether you should buy something from a store you've never heard of. Anyone can write a fake review after all.

Odds are you can find what is being sold on more established sites that have been around for a longer time. That's where I would buy something when I need it.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. It would be better to do transactions wjth those businesses or pages that has proved how long they've been running. It is to show how they successfully grow as a business anyways, good business grow with good intentions, right?



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Jeane

I agree.

The longer a business has been around, the less likely it is that it is run by scammers. They usually don't stick around long enough because once their reputation is tarnished they'd have to find another platform where they can again build themselves up so they can scam more people.



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jayjaydimson

Well, if it was designed to scam people, who there's a lot of people are still using it, as long as I feel safe about the social media that I am currently using I won't stop using it.



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DenisP

I like the point about reviews and testimonials. I give businesses the same treatment that I give products; If I’m not seeing an adequate amount of positive reviews, then I’m not buying. Not having any sort of reviews at all, or an extremely limited amount, definitely means that I’m clicking away.

That being said, I don’t really use any of the market places on social media. If I buy something, it’s from reputable sites which have a long, positive history of providing good service. If I’m buying used products, I’ll usually opt for finding the product in person rather than ordering online, since that way I can really see the condition for myself.



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ajahcuizon

With a lot of people using social media sites, there will alwats be someone who will try to get advantage of it. I agree that peiple should get more cautious as they don't know who they are dealing with. They should do a small background check on the person before doing a transaction with him.



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luv2xacosta

Facebook and and other social can be easily manipulated by scammers since the websites are not that strict. So it's your judgement if you are going to trust these websites or not. It's one of the disadvantage in social media because you can never trust if they are telling the truth or not since you are not talking or dealing with them in personal.



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jaymish2

I also would not buy any product from a person I did not know or a social media site, I agree that you can get fake reviews or testimonials.Rather I would also look for the official website of the company or vendor and buy from there. The internet has its advantages, but one of the biggest disadvantages is scams. We have to be careful of scammers on all the platforms that we use. Scamming is not exclusive to social media.



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mark8625

Yeah official would be a plus factor when it comes to the authenticity of the person and the product you are dealing for. What you have did is really a good move.



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theresajane

I agree with you. People should know that there is a risk of being scammed if you take your chance on a page that isn't official. Always be catious.



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Bravosi

While I do believe social medias sites have the possibility of using and exploiting our information, but it's your actions that are mandatory. I never provide full information about myself on the internet. But yeah, I agree with you in part, you can't trust many things nowadays, sadly.



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esteban123

I think that some scammers are taking advantage of the social media sites to be a place for their illegal activities and we should be cautious about it. We must avoid those people who are offering to us something in exchange for money because we ill never know if it is scam or not. Better to avoid those accounts that are not familiar to us so that we will not have a problems later on.



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knnon

Any site that "feels" wrong should be proceeded with caution. Sites with too good a deal is always one to watch out for. You always need to trust your gut instinct, and when in doubt just google it out!



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kaushikangara

Thank you for the information. These tricks lure people faster and before they have been cheated, a lot of damaged would have already been done. Fake reviews are on the rise nowadays and I have seen a lot of sites pay people to post reviews on Amazon and other high profile e-commerce sites to make their products look better. Most people would buy the product from the ratings it has received. And these fake ratings really affect the people who buy them. Amazon is trying its best to curb all these incidents but it just doesn't seem to stop.

One suggestion, make sure you buy products with more number of reviews usually in thousands. Fewer than 50 top class reviews will certainly raise a suspicion in my mind.



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esteban123

I think in my own perspective social media sites are made to entertain people and to get connected with their love ones which is really true because we can use social media whenever we feel bored or if we want to relax for a while. We can send messages to our loved ones to know their current situation at all times.



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