Read the T&C in the cesspool known as Facebook so you don’t get scammed

Ben Rothke
3 min readApr 20, 2023
https://uk.usembassy.gov/internet-scams-they-are-everywhere-how-to-avoid-them/

Facebook has countless ads for really cheap things.

But most people get caught up in the irrational exuberance of getting a Kitchen Aide or DeWalt tools for a few dollars.

If you think timeshares are deceptive and misleading, these ads are even more deceptive.

All of these scams have the same basic setup. You click on the link to get your prize. Such as this:

Notice that it does not say you will get this for $2.99, rather that you can get it.

But after you proceed, it does make it seem like you will actually get the DeWalt tool set:

Especially once you get to this page which makes it seem like you are a winner:

Except the caveat is that you did not read the Terms and Conditions.

Most people would see the Terms and Conditions as for the web site. But these terms are for the service you are about to sign up for.

Rather than getting a DeWalt tool set for a few dollars, they are giving you permission to enter the giveaway for the DeWalt tools. Proceeding means you agree to pay $7.95 the day you place your order for a guaranteed placement in the contest to win. If you do not win, you will be billed $56.95 monthly.

Deceptive Facebook advertising

This ad is deceptive in countless ways. Onlinemarketplacenow who runs it, counts on people not reading the terms and conditions. They also know that most people will simply pay the $56.95 when their bill arrives and cancel the order.

Others won’t check their bills and will simply be paying $56.95 in perpetuity for the right to enter a raffle.

People love Facebook as it’s a great site for cat pictures. Scammers love Facebook as they have countless victims to scam.

If you use Facebook, just try not to get scammed. It’s a full-time job.

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Ben Rothke

I work in information security at Tapad. Write book reviews for the RSA blog, & a Founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance and Cybersecurity Canon.