BBB: Money offer scams are coming through social media

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 3:43 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert about money offer scams coming through Facebook and WhatsApp.

Jo-Ann Deal with the Better Business Bureau in Monroe says messages offering a loan may pop up in your inbox.

“People see messages from popular brands like Pepsi, Walmart, Whole Foods, Target,” explains Deal. “It’s all a fake and these companies have not made these offers at all.”

She says sometimes the scammers can hack into a friend’s account and send you a scam link saying they took advantage of the program and want you to have the opportunity too.

“No matter who tells you to click on a link to get money, don’t do it until you’ve done your research,” says Deal.

Whether it comes from social media or through text, she says you should never click on the links. Deal also recommends deleting the scam messages so they can’t download malware onto your devices.

“Sometimes if you just let something sit there that is malicious that after a period of time it will just automatically download,” says Deal.

And always report the scam to the FTC or the BBB.

“This is how the information is shared, and this is how we protect each other,” says Deal.

If you have questions, you can call the BBB at (318) 387-4600. Their office is still working from home, so your calls will be sent to voicemail and returned. Deal asks that you give them a day to get back to you because they are receiving a lot of calls.

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