Beware of fake Facebook giveaways

Too good to be true - then it probably is.

Our Community safety team are advising users of social media to be on the alert  for false adverts.
 

Fake Facebook giveaways

One of the main scams involves fake Facebook posts offering competitions and giveaways - from cars, to motor homes, to holidays to the Maldives. 

Normally the page will ask you to "Like" their page and "Share" the post. Seems pretty reasonable?  

Except that by doing so you are giving that page access to information such as your date of birth, email address, and friends list. All the things which we change our settings for, in order to keep private!

Each time the post is shared, the criminals widen their audience in the hope that someone else will fall for it!
 

What can I do?

Check the page

If you visit a page, you can choose to check "Page Transparency". Most of the time these pages are only a few hours old and therefore are unlikely to be the genuine company.

Don't grant permissions

When you click to "accept" third party permissions, you often don't know what you are agreeing to. Allowing scammers access to your device information can compromise your identity and grant them access to personal information.

Never give out personal information

Don't be tempted to provide personal details or enter details into a webpage in order to "validate" your win.

Don't complete surveys

Finally, some scammers ask you to complete a survey to be entered into their competition. These surveys can install malware on your computer or harvest your data.

 

Remember - if it looks to good to be true, it usually is!

 

Not sure if something is a scam

Scams can be difficult to recognise, but there are things you can look out for.

You can use the Citizens Advice online scams helper to get advice that's specific to your situation.
 

If you have been scammed

If you or someone you know has been scammed, Citizens Advice recommends you:

  • Immediately tell your bank if your financial information might have been stolen
  • Reset your passwords
  • Update your anti-virus software
  • Report the scam to Action Fraud 
  • Contact the Citizens Advice Scams Action service on 0300 330 3003 or through the live online chat facility on its website