All You Need To Know About Nigerian Facebook Scams

There is no doubt that social media has been a blessing. It has given us the ability to overcome the barrier of distance from our loved ones and friends. You may be surprised to know that the first social media platform emerged in 1997, developed by Andrew Weinreich. He named it Six Degrees. It was meant to connect people. This breakthrough paved the way for other social media platforms leading eventually to one of the most popular platforms, named Facebook. Since its inception, Facebook has grown to roughly 2.89 billion monthly active users in the second half of 2021. It is impressive and has made Facebook the social media platform with the highest number of users. Unfortunately, despite the significant benefits Facebook has, it has become the breeding ground of many online scams happening today.

 The effect scams/frauds have on victims.

Scams/frauds are the worst betrayals and violations of trust – they go beyond the loss of funds. As a result, many victims suffer from social problems such as loss of reputation, vulnerability, isolation, and exposure. In addition, fraud impacts a victim’s mental health, resulting in anxiety, depression, and suicide. Of course, nobody plans to be scammed; it is not your fault, and The Payback Complaints wants to help you get back on your feet.

The Nigerian Facebook Scam

This menace continues to grow despite the developers of Facebook trying to control it. Anytime Facebook scams are talked about, various names of countries pop up, but the country that is always on top of the chart is Nigeria. Many victims have fallen to these scams from unscrupulous people on Facebook claiming to be what they are not. This article will look at Nigerian Facebook scams and how to avoid this pitfall.

How a Nigerian Facebook scam works

The scammer will take over one of your friend’s accounts and impersonate them. Then, they will try to convince you to wire funds. They prefer transactions through Western Union or MoneyGram because those transfers are irreversible. They may come up with an excuse of being stranded somewhere, have expensive medical bills,  dying relatives, or are in debt.

Tips to avoid being a victim of the Nigerian Facebook scam

Ignore messages asking you to reset your account and password.

This scam surfaced since the internet came to be with people starting to use it for businesses and other activities. Phishing involves stealing personal details and using them for other criminal activities or selling them in exchange for money. This scam has existed for so long that many refer to it as the mother of all online scams. This Facebook scam comes in the form of these criminals posing themselves as from Facebook. They then tell you your account has an issue, so you need to log out and log in again. These individuals then send you a link purporting to be the link that will enable you to reset your Facebook account. Unfortunately, when you fall for this and use this link, your account name and password will show up at their end. These criminals then log into your account and change your Facebook name and password, denying you access to your account. They will then do whatever they want with your details and pictures. 

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Be careful when accepting friend requests. 

Do not accept a friend request from people you do not know.

It should be your number one rule on Facebook.  These scammers usually send a lot of friend requests around in hopes of getting their next victim. So try as much as possible to delete or reject these requests from unknown individuals. In some instances, these individuals make friends with some of your friends; you should make a background check on these individuals to look genuine. These fake accounts usually have a minimal number of pictures, lacking a lot of content.

Change your Facebook account to private.

It is one of the effective ways of avoiding being scammed. In addition, changing your account status to private protects and locks your account; this hides your account from individuals who are not on your friend list.

Be extra vigilant

Facebook has over 2.89 billion monthly users using this platform. Just like how you will be vigilant in the real world, be extra careful with adverts, links, and invites that propose you engaging in certain activities. Or ads that say you will win rewards that seem over the top. Before taking action or going in for an opportunity, you come across on Facebook. Do a good background check on these companies and individuals.

Are you a victim of the Nigerian Facebook scam? Contact Payback Complaints today

If you or someone you know is a scam victim, we ask that you act fast by contacting us because the time frame is essential and every day counts. Luckily for you, we have wealth recovery professionals on our team who know exactly how to get your money back in the shortest time frame. We are experts in the chargeback process, and we will retrieve all funds stolen from you. So contact us with details of your transactions and dealings with the scammers and leave the rest to us.

We will help you recover your funds and your life back.

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