Phishing scams on Facebook Marketplace involve fraudulent attempts to trick users into providing sensitive information or engaging in financial transactions under false pretenses. Here are some common types of phishing scams on Facebook Marketplace:
Fake Listings: Scammers may create fake product listings on Facebook Marketplace to attract potential buyers. The products could be non-existent or significantly different from the description. Once a buyer expresses interest, the scammer may request payment or personal information.
Payment Scams: Scammers may pose as sellers and request payment outside of Facebook’s secure payment system. They may ask buyers to send money via wire transfer, gift cards, or other untraceable methods. Once the payment is made, the scammer disappears, and the buyer doesn’t receive the promised item.
Identity Theft: Phishing scams can also involve attempts to steal personal information. Scammers may create fake profiles or listings, claiming to sell products. To make a purchase, they ask for personal details, such as credit card information, Social Security numbers, or login credentials.
Redirecting to External Websites: Scammers may use phishing links that redirect users to external websites that mimic Facebook’s login page. Unsuspecting users may enter their login credentials, giving the scammers access to their Facebook accounts.
Malware Distribution: Some phishing scams involve the distribution of malware. Scammers may share links to seemingly harmless downloads or attachments that, when opened, install malicious software on the user’s device.
To protect yourself from Facebook Marketplace phishing scams:
Use Facebook’s Secure Payment System: Whenever possible, use Facebook’s built-in payment system for transactions on Marketplace. Avoid making payments outside of the platform.
Verify Sellers: Check the seller’s profile and reviews. If a deal seems too good to be true or the seller has little to no history, be cautious.
Beware of Requests for Personal Information: Avoid providing sensitive information such as credit card details, Social Security numbers, or login credentials to unknown individuals.
Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA for your Facebook account to add an extra layer of security.
Be Skeptical of External Links: Avoid clicking on suspicious links. If you need to access a website, type the URL directly into your browser instead of clicking on links.
If you encounter a suspected phishing attempt or scam on Facebook Marketplace, report it to Facebook so that they can take appropriate action.