Don't Get Fooled by Facebook Scams


Don't Get Fooled by Facebook Scams

When Facebook Marketplace first launched, it was a way that people could interact and sell things online to people near them, thanks to the data Facebook has on your location. However, despite seeing people on Facebook, you can never be too careful about interacting with them online. Unlike a service like eBay, you do not have any protection when buying things from Facebook Marketplace, and thus need to be incredibly careful when deciding to purchase anything from the platform, whether it lies on Facebook Marketplace or in a Buy/Sell Group.

Is Facebook Marketplace safe?

Facebook Marketplace does not have the safeguards of popular online auction sites such as eBay or Depop. While you might be enticed by some people’s offers on Facebook Marketplace, it is more akin to Gumtree or Craigslist than any other online auction sites. This means that the person you are buying from might not be themselves, and in addition to this fraud and illegal activity is rife.

I’ve just seen a brilliant deal on Facebook Marketplace, should I pay them?

In short, no. If a deal looks too good to be true, it likely is. The same applies to anyone who asks you to pay before receiving the goods and checking that everything is in working order. You should be wary of anyone who asks for explicit payment upfront for anything on Facebook Marketplace, as it’s possible that they will refuse to send goods and that you will be left out of pocket.

Are Facebook buy/sell groups safe?

Anyone can create a post on Facebook, so you don’t know that the post is genuine, because of this, it is possible that Facebook Groups are just as unsafe as purchasing from the Marketplace. The same risks are associated as buying something from a complete stranger with nothing else but trust guiding you to give them money. Scams and fraudsters are rife on Facebook Groups and on Facebook Marketplace.

How do I keep myself safe from scammers on Facebook Marketplace?

There are a few ways to safeguard yourself from scammers and fraudsters on Facebook Marketplace. To ensure that you are not actually getting scammed, you will be able to do a few things to verify the identity of the person, the legitimacy of the profile and goods. Some red flags to look out for are:

  • Their account is only a few months old
  • Their profile picture is not of a person
  • Their profile content is just advertising a product or service
  • They have thousands of friends and no public location

Are things on Facebook Marketplace counterfeit?

You should be able to identify if something on Facebook Marketplace is counterfeit by seeing the usual price of the product on other auction sites and seeing if it is dramatically lower. The likelihood that you will get a counterfeit or non-working product at a low price that seems too good to be true is very high when using Facebook, so be sure to have done all your research before sending any money or personal details over to them, as you may be a victim of a scam or fraud.