Many Facebook and Youtube admins fell victim to hackers and phishing scams. They rely on the admins’ greed or fear of having their page deleted to trick them into clicking links that would provide them access to the page’s back end.
When hackers access these pages and accounts, they often choose between these two actions:
- They market the page to other gullible individuals who are looking for a pre-made page.
- If a page is monetized, they take control of the payout account and start collecting earnings from these pages.
It is crucial that you exercise additional caution when managing your pages, particularly if they are large and popular ones. They are the ones that scammer and hackers target the most.
In this blog:
- Let’s learn what is the meaning of a phishing scam
- Name three phishing tactics that commonly target Facebook page admins
- And how to prevent being tricked by these scams
What is a phishing scam?
According to Facebook, a phishing scam is when someone tries to get access to your Facebook account by sending you a suspicious message or link that asks for your personal information.
There are three common places where phishing scams take place. They are through private message, email, and page tag. Learn to differentiate each one and how you can avoid falling for these phishing scams.
It’s very important that you can identify if an email, message, or notification is legit or not in order to avoid being victims of these scams.
In the following sections, let’s learn these three types of phishing scams and tips on how you can avoid being victims of them.
Private message phishing scam
In private message phishing scam, scammers will send a PM (private message) to the page’s inbox.
They might entice the admin of some monetary compensation for putting ads on their pages.They might tell you that they will not need any access to your page. But once you agree on their terms, they will send you a link to their “dashboard”.
That’s when the red flag appear. NEVER CLICK ON ANY UNKNOWN OR SUSPICIOUS LINK. It might be a virus or a link to an outside site where they will ask for your username and password.
Scammers are banking on a person’s greed in this kind of scams. Typically, they will offer large amount of money for the benefit of putting ads on your page. Always bear in mind the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
Email phishing scam
Email phishing scams takes place at your email’s inbox. They might send you an offer to place on ad on your page or that your page is at risk of being restricted or unpublished and you have to verify your page to avoid that.
They’ll send you a link where you can verify your page. Once, you click and log in on that site, then you give permission to them to access the back end of your page. They can take over your page and kick you out any time they want.
Always check the email address of the sender, before taking any action. It’s important that you don’t carelessly click on any link, especially if the sender of the email is suspicious to you.
Facebook tag phishing scam
One of the newest technique that this Facebook phishing scammers use is the page tagging technique.
Just like in email phishing, you’ll see a lot of “Facebook pages” that will tag a lot of pages that will warn them that their page is at risk of being disabled or restricted because of certain violation or something.
They will also post a link where these pages can verify their pages to prevent being disabled or restricted. But that link will lead on a site where admins will be instructed log in and give access to their back ends.
ALWAYS REMEMBER that Facebook’s official pages will always have a blue check mark on them. If there are Facebook-owned pages that tag you telling you to verify your page and they don’t have that blue check mark, then there’s a greater possibility that they are fake pages.
Another thing is that Facebook doesn’t have pages for “account protection” or “security protection”. All messages concerning account protection are done through support or Facebook notification, not through tagging from pages.
Tips to avoid Facebook phishing scams
- DO NOT click on any suspicious links or attachments.
- DO NOT respond to emails asking for your:
- Credit card, bank information
- Passport or citizen ID information
- Always check the email address of the sender. If it’s not a business email address, be suspicious.
Emails from Facebook will ONLY come from these addresses:
- DO NOT believe pages that’s pretending to be official Facebook or Meta pages. Remember, there is NO Facebook page for verification of pages or accounts. Verification of pages and accounts are done through Facebook support or through the notification tab.
If you are an admin of a Facebook page or any social media accounts, be very careful in clicking links, handing over your log in details, or adding people to your pages. There are many hackers and scammers out there just waiting for a chance to get your pages that you’ve put a lot of time and effort to create and grow.
If you’re thinking of monetizing your Facebook page through in stream ads, here are some helpful articles to get started:
- How To Find Your Facebook Page Niche?
- How To Create An Optimized Facebook Page
- How Content Creators Make Money On Facebook?
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