Facebook Scams to Look Out For - Freebie Mom


Facebook is a social networking website, which makes it easy for people to join together and share their memories, pictures and thoughts. Facebook is with us since 2004. Due to widespread usage, it has encouraged scams done through Facebook.

Facebook is revolutionizing by the way we people interact. But it has its dark side too, criminals have made it a new place for fulfilling their evil motive. As most of the people all over the world use Facebook we must be aware of the most common crimes that are committed on Facebook; they are as follows: –

1) Scams
2) Cyber bullying
3) Stalking
4) Robbery
5) Identity theft
6) Defamation
7) Harassment


Scam is the most common crime committed by the criminals and people easily become a victim of such crime. Scams can easily sway people as they can easily fool people. The scammers will tell you that you have won a gift card so, to collect the same, click the link below and they might ask you information like your credit card number or your Social Security Number. Scam looks easy to detect yet people confuse themselves and fall right into the trap. Scammers usually create a fake account and through it they trick you to give your money or confidential information.

The most common scams are: –

1) Romance scams:

Romance scammers typically send romantic messages to people they don’t know, often pretending to be divorced, widowed or in a bad marriage. They will ask you to meet them and ask you to send the money for the flight tickets. In conclusion, their motive is simply to earn money through you by gaining your trust in few weeks of conversation.

2) Lottery scams:

Lottery scams are often carried out from accounts or pages imitating someone you know or an organisation (such as government agency or Facebook). These messages will state that you’re among the winners of a lottery and that you can receive your money. The scammer may ask you to provide personal information, such as your physical address or bank details.

3) Loan scams:

Loan scammers send messages and leave posts offering instant loans at a low interest rate for a small advance fee. So people who are in need of money will fall right in the scammer’s trap.

4) Access Token Theft:

For instant a link is shared with you that requests access to your Facebook account or page. The link may look like it came from an authorized app, but instead it is a way through which scammers can gain access to your account and spread spam.

5) Job Scams:

Job scammers use misleading or fake job postings to try and get your personal information or your money. Avoid job postings that sound too good to be true or that ask you to pay anything upfront. When clicking on a link from a job posting, watch out for websites that seem unrelated to the original job posting or that ask for sensitive information (example: government ID) but don’t use secure (https) browsing. Due to the coronavirus pandemic these scams have become a lot common.

How to avoid Facebook scams?

1) People asking you for money who you don’t know in person.

2) People asking you to send them money or gift cards to receive a loan, prize or other winnings.

3) Anyone asking you to pay a fee in order to apply for a job.

4) Pages representing large companies, organisations or public figures that are not verified.

5) People asking you to move your conversation off Facebook to a less public or less secure setting, such as a separate email.

6) People claiming to be a friend or relative in an emergency.

7) People who misrepresent where they are located. If someone signs up for Messenger using their mobile phone number, you may be able to check which country their phone number is from. If you’re concerned that a Page may be scamming you, you can check the Page’s location.

8) Messages or posts with poor spelling and grammatical mistakes.

9) People or accounts directing you to a Page to claim a prize.

The above are the help guidelines given by Facebook, to make its users aware of the scams done through Facebook and keep your important information to yourselves, especially your bank details. A lot of cases have been reported, stating how the scammer pretends to be a known person or from a known agency and manipulate you to give your private data on the links they send by saying that even they did it.Therefore, to avoid becoming a victim of such scams we must firstly, stay alert and secondly be aware of such scams and scammers.

By- Mokshda Sharma


  1. Now a days, from teenager to old age people have account on facebook and it’s very important to use it carefully and know about the offences happening through Facebook…
    This Article will provide you information about those offences.

  2. Very informative article but it helpful for the reader if any real life instances was included like some cases with the similar situations , there are countless cases spread over internet regarding the same. Various types of cuber crimes were included in the article but in reality does the same happens , most of the times surfing through internet these scams happens . Real life cases can be very helpful to narrate the story with a bit more clarity .

  3. you must have a secure password . dont clik any ads if you see any annoying ad blok them using ad blocker. Dont discuss any problem infront of any ukonown person. Be safe

  4. This current piece shows how scams are done via social media websites like Facebook. It is a well written article, with proper punctuation marks and at the same time, it doesn’t have any spelling errors as such. However, I believe, that the writer should have focused on other social media platforms instead of Facebook. Agreed, a lot of scams take place on Facebook too, however, with the advancements, a lot of people have nowadays stopped accessing Facebook and instead rely on other social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. A lot of scams, too, take place on such applications. In fact, I recently even read an article wherein a person was trying to scam another young individual looking for an internship on LinkedIn. My point here is, that people nowadays have become intelligent and do understand the massive rate at which technology has advanced and are well aware of the scams that take place of Facebook, people have started becoming more aware as to what they do online. Therefore, I believe that the writer should have focused on other scams like Phishing and scams related to Mobile Banking and Internet Banking and apart from that even should have focused on scams that take place on other social media handles, but apart from that, it is a highly informative and a good article, totally worth reading.

  5. Facebook is an app which is used by the majority of population with all age groups and it is very important for each one of them to know about the scams taking place. This article is very informative and is spreading awareness among the people in an easy and effective language. It has also been thoroughly mentioned how to avoid the scams which is very useful for people.

  6. This Article focuses on scams and guidelines by Facebook without any data to support it, would prefer case laws to be cited for better understanding. Scams are done on almost all Social Media websites but most importantly, the scams are majorly done using Social Engineering and there is a great need to highlight and promote awareness about Social Engineering attacks on Social Media. The sharing of private information is something of extreme importance and must be done carefully on Social Media website to any person or to the website itself.

  7. This is very nicely, written article, proving to be very much informative and alerting and awaring almost everyone to be aware of various kinds of SCAMS, occuring around us.. to make us prey of the same. The article deals with the various scams that they may happen, how they happen, what all they do to gain one’s attraction and thereby to trap the one . The article is solely representing all the way the scams usually happens and on at end note, provokes a person to be alert about such scams, at common and wider level around us, although one instance is FACEBOOK…IT brings about the point that how through internet banking also, one can become prey to such scams on social media. One who is a job seeker can easily fall in deadly trap of such scams, loosing money, time and almost everything….It is also bringing out the point that how on name of marriages, relationships, etc one in need also can become prey to such dangerous scams, landing in trouble.

  8. This article is informative about the crimes being occurring via Facebook. There are many social networking sites and Facebook is one of them and absolutely it is misused in many ways as mentioned in the article about various SCAMS. However, people should be aware of the ways to avoid those kinds of stuff and it is explained very nicely in the above article.

  9. people nowadays are very active on social media especially Facebook. However with time many youngsters have moved to other social media platforms like instagram, snapchat etc. Cyber crimes happens on these platforms also. But nowadys many old people have accounts on facebook and they are easy to fall prey of such scams. this article can make people aware of scams on facebook. very informative article.

  10. very informative article . As the number of users on the social media platforms like telegram ,instagram , whatsapp and facebook is witnessing surge in users , scammers are exploiting these platforms for their own benefit, As a user one must be aware of these threats and this article certainly does the needful.

  11. In Simple Words I Will Say That Dont Trust Anyone Until We Not Met Them And We Know about Them Privacy First.Our One Small Mistake Give Us Big Loss And IF Anyone Think They Have Any Problem With This Type Of Threat’s Them Just Take Someones Advice And Avoid Them..If You Think This is Too Much Them Go For Cyber Crime Report Them They Have The Ability To Find And Punish..Thank You

  12. This article is precisely the best one that it elucidate one to be aware of the facebook scams.Now a days every one is active on social media like facebook,intragram etc where scams are being done. This article helps one to be aware of the scams that are done through facebook also the article explains how to avoid the facebook scams which is helpful.

  13. I think that topic is good for this article. Information given was enough and good in its category but personally I feel lack of categories. Many new scams like page duplicacy , scams done by name of facebook , Sharing third party link on facebook to conduct scams may have been included.

  14. A very well structured and informative article. you nicely explained the attacks due to social media like Facebook. you also define the precautions for more thing I recommend you to add in this article is the PHISHING ATTACK because the phishing attack is some thing which mostly occurs on social media sites. where people can send you link by email , WhatsApp or any other thing. it seems like a Facebook link and when you login on such links your passwords get stored on those databases and they can easily use your data against you.

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