The amount of scammers found on Facebook is alarming. But, what is even more disappointing; no matter, how many times a scamming profile is reported to Facebook, they will not remove them. We can help!
The article mentions that the fake profile was previously reported to Facebook by Fireball Approves. Yet, Facebook decided the offending profile did not "go against Community Standards" and scammed a young couple in San Antonio, TX.
This news coverage failed to mention that the offending profile was previously reported by Fireball Approves. Facebook once again decided the offending profile did not "go against Community Standards" and was left to scam this renter.
Mission - to advise Facebook there is a deficit in their reporting of fake and scamming profiles.
I completely understand that Facebook cannot be proactive in eliminating fake and scamming profiles.
But, Facebook needs to be reactive and have a better system than the current in handling REPORTED fake and scamming profiles.
Out of 200 profiles I reported - only 1 was removed. The other 199 were from overseas, posing as US property owners and responding to US rental searches. These 199 were left to scam and defraud others through Facebook.
Help me get this information to Facebook - SIGN and SHARE this petition! Because Facebook must not be aware of this situation.
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Hackers (highlighted for emphasis) - Notice they are telling you to login with Facebook - this is how they hack your account - if you click the link - change your password immediately!
Check the URL of the profile and compare to the name of the profile, if it does not match - that is a red flag.
Most scammers will hide their friends. But, look at the pics and notice who is "liking" the photos.
Google is your friend! Search everything. Google the rental property, Google the phone #'s - you just never know what you will uncover.
Never, ever, send $ without seeing a rental property. You will be told one of a multitude of excuses why they cannot show you the property. Understand, you can still be scammed even when you are shown the property. Run, don't walk, when someone wants to send you the keys!
If you are asked to pay a deposit via Cash App or Venmo, this a red flag. These apps were designed to ONLY be used with parties you know. Ex: you are having dinner with a group and you want to split the check, so you send your friends your portion via an app. The reason scammers request payments via these apps is because there are NO consumer protections for you. Beware and steer clear!
Always ask to video chat with the landlord - if you are dealing with a scammer, they will refuse. Why - because they look nothing like their online persona.
In most States, you can view the legal owner of the property by searching the property address on the County Property Appraiser (Tax Collector) website. Keep in mind, so can the scammers and they can pose as the legal owners. If you want to know, without a doubt, if you are dealing with the true owner of a rental property - order a rental check.
Here you will find an on-going list of profiles that have been reported to Facebook