I don’t email much these days, mainly because people get enough junk trying to sell them something. And to be fair, some of it is good stuff. But sometimes I’m compelled to write when something as egregious as this pops up in my own online world.
I suppose there might, just might, be a tribe of pygmies somewhere deep in the Amazon forest that hasn’t yet been the target of online scammers.
But for the rest of us, it’s a daily battle to decipher truth from fiction. And dangerous fiction at that.
So here’s a head’s up: if you get a notification from Meta in your Facebook account that looks like this, DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS!
This screenshot was emailed to me this morning by one of our long-term members in Queensland, alarmed that her Facebook post wishing clients a happy Easter had somehow violated Meta’s policies.
It was suspiciously similar to “alerts” that had popped up in my own feeds, as well as those of several other close colleagues, so I ran it by Worldwide Salon Marketing’s specialist social media guru, Samantha Buckley.
“Definitely a scam. Delete and don’t click!” she said.
These frauds look legitimate because they use a post on a Facebook Page as the landing page for the phishing scam, which then redirects users to another site.
Another one looks like this:
They are trying to steal your identity, and ultimately, your money.
Be cautious. Don’t click on any links unless you absolutely, positively KNOW it’s legitimate.
And if you need any help with any Facebook, Meta, Instagram or other social media challenges, get in touch. We can assist, and set your mind at ease.
And don’t click any suspicious links this Easter!