Some of THE most gullible people on earth are on Facebook. Case in point.

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John Backlund

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I don't do FB at all. You can find people who are susceptible to scammers everywhere and it is sad to see that the majority go after the elderly.

A scam Facebook seller was doing that very thing last year by offering very nice electric mobility scooters for under $100, delivered.

They were using stolen images from the legitimate scooter sellers in their ads.

These were particularly despicable thieves.
 

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Here's another very recent one.

Using stolen images and even a video demonstrating how this works, these pirates were offering this rather magnificent planetary motion piece for, I think, $39?

A very quick search showed that these were no less than $2500, and are made in Colorado.

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At least here in the US, I recommend using your credit card instead.

Paypal's obligation pretty much ends at goods/services and payment received by both parties, after that you are on your own.

Credit card companies are legally liable for the payment, so if there is a dispute you better believe they will investigate... and if the scammer already made off with the funds, it's on the CC company.

**This applies to credit cards, not debit cards.
Not at all. I always use Paypal for these "unknown sellers" and 100% have gotten my money back when it's a scam. I bought a "too good to be true" plastic tool shed off FB (shoulda known!) a couple months ago. They usually sell for $200 min and this one was like $85. Two weeks later, no shipment. I told Paypal and got immediate refund.

As a seller it's the pits, but Paypal evolved over the years to be pretty much a buyer's tool when it comes to protection. I've gotten immediate refund several times on Ebay purchases also.
 

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The scam/fraud ads there are frequent.

Saw one supposedly from Best Buy, with extremely low prices on refurbished Macs of various types. Clicking on the ad brought one to a fake Best Buy site.

I expect many unthinking people were scammed. The URL did not refer at all to Best Buy, so that should have been a tip-off.

It was just an out and out fraudulent site looking to steal your money. But Flakebook is happy to put up their ads.
 

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Not at all. I always use Paypal for these "unknown sellers" and 100% have gotten my money back when it's a scam. I bought a "too good to be true" plastic tool shed off FB (shoulda known!) a couple months ago. They usually sell for $200 min and this one was like $85. Two weeks later, no shipment. I told Paypal and got immediate refund.

As a seller it's the pits, but Paypal evolved over the years to be pretty much a buyer's tool when it comes to protection. I've gotten immediate refund several times on Ebay purchases also.
You're right, most folks do have good experiences with PayPal, as do I (I mostly use it for ebay where sellers often can't take direct CC payments). The thing is that because PayPal is the intermediary, buyers are paying PayPal, so it's up to PayPal to decide if they've met the obligation for the transaction, which is pretty much like an escrow. However, once they release the payment to the seller (which takes place after they are satisfied that the exchange has occurred), they are usually hands off, because there isn't much they can do from that point. If you don't receive your goods/services at all, that's an easy one for PayPal. If you get a tiny $8 toolbox instead of an enormous tool rack, that may be more complicated.

Credit card companies, on the other hand, have many more tools at their disposal and are in fact motivated by their legal liability for the payment. If the CC company does ever take a loss (rare), that cost is already built into the service (on the seller's end). If you are unlucky enough to have to file a complaint about a CC transaction, typically you'll notice that your account gets credited immediately (while the company investigates it).
 

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The funny thing about FB is that if you call someone a "moron", you will get a warning for bullying and if you do it again, your account will be suspended, yet these scams go on forever. Like they say, "you think you are the customer, but you are actually the product" and FB has no problem serving you up to every scammer on the planet.
Twitter is a lot like that as well. I was just correcting lies and misinformation from a certain well-known person, and her cult followers mass reported me, and they eventually banned me permanently for harassment. I saw that a few months later she was finally banned for constantly posting misinformation. Twitter and Facebook can both go to H as far as I'm concerned. Their moderation is largely done by algorithms, and is arbitrary and completely ineffective.
 

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The funny thing about FB is that if you call someone a "moron", you will get a warning for bullying and if you do it again, your account will be suspended, yet these scams go on forever. Like they say, "you think you are the customer, but you are actually the product" and FB has no problem serving you up to every scammer on the planet.


I actively 'Report' hundreds of these scammers, hundreds, hitting the 'Misleading or a Scam' button on these thieves constantly, and then Facebook says that they will review your report and get back to you about their decision.

They never have, not once, ever, and as far as I have seen, haven't dealt with any of the scammers I've 'reported'.
 

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Commit Facebook Suicide...Free yourself!!! :)
Actually, I wouldn't call "getting your life back" suicide. If anything, it's the exact opposite. I got off Fb & IG over a year ago and I don't regret it for a second. Now if I could only curb my TDPRI habits . . . er, never mind. 🤐
 

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It wasn’t too hard. I think they have 3 strike policy. That said, I’m often too brief or perhaps pithy in my comments which are then taken too literally or without context.

It goes without saying the issues being discussed are those we avoid here.
 

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I am seeing half a dozen different ads a day for 16TB solid state external drives for $29.99. Apparently what you actually get is a 4GB drive.

Good old FaceBook keeps pumping out these ads no matter how many times I report them.
 

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Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. At least you had to be a kid to fall for this:
That reminds me... when I was a kid, reading backs of comic books, I sent away for this 'karate' book. Pamphlet more like. Anyway, one of the so-called 'moves' was teaching yourself to jump 20 feet. Line drawing shows a guy squatting, then a dotted line, big impossible arc, and another image of him squatting way 'over there'.

The implication was clear. If only I practiced enough, I could perform this amazing feat with ease.

I practiced and practiced. What my parents must have thought, as I landed hard on the bedroom floor over and over and over. The best I could get was about three or four feet.

I'm sure if I re-read that text today, it could also be interpreted that one could make many little (very unimpressive) hops, instead of one amazing leap.

Hey, I was a kid. I never bought the XRay specs, but I did dream about 'em....
 

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I tried Facebook for about 15 minutes back around 2005. Pulled the plug in short order.

My kid buddy was bitterly disappointed by one of these cardboard "subs." When he was in high school he dug the thing out of the garage, threw gasoline on it, and watched it burn.

Hey man, don't knock that cardboard submarine. It was years ahead of its time. Need proof?

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Sea Monkeys.

Mark, they still sell 'em. And the company is still where it's been all these years: Accokeek, MD. Read up on the company's history. There are pirates and nazis involved!
 

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I was on Facebook many years ago for a couple of weeks.
I deleted my account shortly after.
I don't need or want FB.
I used Paypal for a few items over the last couple years.
I tried to delete my account,but couldn't because I had 52 cents in it.
 
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