The new world order of business has joined the online world. With that, there are now a lot of people who have their own Facebook account. This left a lot of people as prey to some very suspicious activities and scammers who are out to get money from individuals. With that, it is important to know how you can report scammers or suspicious activity that you see on Facebook.
According to Facebook’s Help Center, if you encounter any scammers or see any kind of suspicious activity in messages, you can report their Facebook account for review.
Steps to Report a scammer on Facebook
Facebook Help Center has its own set of rules when it comes to reporting a scammer on Facebook. If you have spotted one or are currently dealing with one, there are a couple of ways that you can report a scammer on Facebook.
In order to report a profile, the following are the steps that you must follow:
Go to the profile you want to report by clicking its name in your News Feed or searching for it. Make sure that you are on the right Facebook page.
Once you are already on the Facebook page that you want to report, click on the three dots at the top tab on the profile. It is often in the three dots where you will find profile options that are available for you to choose from.
The three dots are sort of like the drop down menu on Facebook. It references the other options available for you as a user. Once you have located the three buttons, you should click on it.
Click to the right and select Find Support or Report Profile. This is the initial step towards reporting the profile.
The Find Support or Report Profile option comes with a lot of different options. If you are going to report the scammer, you can do so by clicking on Find Support or Report Page/Profile.
Once you click on it, you will find the options that best suits and matches why you are reporting the page in the first place.
In order for your report to be given attention by Facebook, you need to give feedback on why you are reporting the page. You have different options but for a scam, you need to click on the option Fraud or Scam.
By clicking on this option, you will be redirected to the options why you think that the page is a Fraud or a Scam. Here, there are two options: either the page is asking for financial information or some other option that you think goes against the Facebook community standards.
As you can see, Facebook needs help understanding why you have a problem with a specific page. This is part of the freedom of internet access or freedom of expression. Facebook cannot automatically delete a page just because of a single report. You need to provide feedback that would discuss with Facebook and answer the question why. Why are you reporting the page? Why are you having a problem with the page? You should share the information.
Whether you choose the option of asking for financial information or other, you will be redirected to the same option.
Is the report acted upon immediately? Depending on your feedback, you may then be able to submit a report to Facebook. For some types of content, the feedback will be used as a basis for Facebook to investigate.
The key term here is the fact that Facebook needs to investigate. Hence, it does not automatically act on any of the reports and remove the account that you report.
How to spot a scammer on Facebook?
A scammer on Facebook is now easy to spot if you are discerning enough.
The first step to spot a scammer on Facebook is actually studying the profile of the person you are talking with. The page should be full of photos, some videos, and several links to other websites. At least one photo must contain him or her together with someone else, sometimes even more people are visible. This way it can be guaranteed that the profile is active and belongs to a real person.
The way they write their messages can be very important too. If it’s hard to read, with random capital letters (sometimes even in the middle of a word), corrections to almost every word, weird punctuation and misspellings, the Facebook scammer could be a fake.
Lastly it’s also possible to find Facebook scams by reading Facebook messages which Facebook scammers send out of the blue after having never talked with him or her before. The Facebook message will only contain Facebook scams and Facebook scammers will instantly ask Facebook users for Facebook credits or Facebook gift cards. Facebook scams can also be found by reading Facebook messages which Facebook scammers send out of the blue after never talking with him/her before.
If you encounter any scammers or see any kind of suspicious activity in messages, you can report their Facebook account for review by following any of the steps we have posed above.