To protect yourself from Facebook Messenger scams, it’s important to stay vigilant against their common tactics. Scammers will often use Facebook Messenger to send users requests for money or fake offers for loans or lotteries. While these messages take many different forms, they all have one thing in common: Fraudsters are preying on our needs or desires to appear generous, be a hero or win money, among others.
People often trust DMs from their contacts because of that connection. However, social media account “takeover” is so common that we advise people to verify who they are talking to through a different channel, particularly if the message is asking for help, money or information, or if it’s from a contact you have not interacted with directly before.
𝗧𝘆𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗺𝘀:
- If a friend tags you and a handful of other friends in a Facebook post, your first instinct might be to click the link, even if the video looks suspicious. But don’t be sure that it really was your friend who tagged you—a hacker might have gotten into their account instead.
- Don’t take emails at face value, especially if they are about logins, suspensions, disabled accounts, or anything urgent.
- Ignore links, navigate to sites directly and log in the way you usually do.
- Use a password manager, it won’t enter your credentials into a fake site.