[ Update -> Facebook have had a change of policy and most of the scams are now gone ]
Facebook seem to be happy to take money from just about anyone, I have seen literally hundreds of scams advertised at me on the Facebook site.
I have been telling them about these adverts for months but still they persist in allowing them to be shown. Surely knowing they are scams and continuing to show the ads make Facebook complicit in the scam?
Terms and Conditions
In Facebook’s advertising terms and conditions it explicitly states that scams are prohibited content, but there the fraudulent adverts are…. maybe FB just don’t care?
Just for fun I tried to add to an advert to this page from FB warning people of scams on FB, five minutes or so later I got the following message:
Upon reviewing your account, we have determined that one or more of your ads do not meet our guidelines.
… seems they think it is fine to break their own rules but I’m not allowed to, that it is fine to advertise scams on Facebook but not fine to try to warn people about them. I’ll be trying different strategies, see if I can run anti-facebook adverts on Facebook.
Here are six practically identical “Google Kit” adverts on Facebook:
- www.richstudent.net/ (scam)
- www.dustinsdollars.com/ (scam)
- www.nickgetsgreen.com/ (scam)
- www.nicksgreen.com/ (scam)
- www.darrylgotpaid.com/ (scam)
- www.jasonmakesmoney.com/ (scam)
… which all click, through a tracker, to a third-party scam site. Presumably the middle man, the guy who placed the advert on Facebook, gets a commission for each person conned.
FB ads are expensive so someone must be making a lot of money!
Frankly you would have have your eyes shut to fall for some of these, however hundreds of people must do just that all the time because Facebook advertising is actually very expensive… unless your making good money from the advert that is.
Facebook adverts are either pay-per-click or pay-per-impression, as an advertiser you place bids on your adverts, the higher you bid the more likely your advert is to be shown… these scam adverts are on my Facebook all the time, so I can only presume the con-men are bidding quite high to have them there.
Several, but not all, of the sites listed above forward you on to the “eMillionaire” site, your “free” guide to making money from Google turns out to cost $1.95 for “shipping & handling” but, however you read the small print it says:
By clicking the order button, I am ordering the eMillionaire Money System and trial membership for $1.95 s&h, after the 7 day trial I will be charged $39.95 a month thereafter if I do not cancel….
So it will actually cost you $40 a month, not free and not $1.95. Presumably this is somehow legal, it is blatantly designed to deceive but because it does not lie to you it is somehow deemed as fair… it is a bit like telling someone you are going to punch them before you do it, is is still wrong to punch them… some American law makes no sense to me, but that is another rant altogether.
Other Scams on Facebook:
There are loads more scams advertising on Facebook, the more I look the more I find, something like 50% of the adverts I see on the site are obvious scams.
- government bailout grant kits (same scam as described above)
- anti ageing products
- hair loss pills
- weight loss pills
- Google Cash Starter Kits (nothing to do with Google)
- HHO conversions (don’t get me started on this scam!)