The '2 euro' scam that has taken over Facebook and Instagram: 5 signs you should know

2024-06-07 14:51:20 / TRENDING ALFA PRESS

The '2 euro' scam that has taken over Facebook and Instagram: 5 signs

In recent weeks, it seems that Facebook and Instagram are being invaded by the so-called 2 euro scam, which consists in offering users to purchase technological products for only 2 euros (or, sometimes, in other "variants" characterized by many and unjustifiably discounted). To protect yourself, you should pay attention to some details that clearly distinguish authentic ads from fraudulent ones.

What is the 2 euro scam on Facebook and Instagram?

The modus operandi by which the 2 euro scam is carried out is conceptually very simple: fraudsters create fake social pages very similar to the official ones of well-known and established consumer electronics chains (for example Mediaworld, Unieuro, Euronics, etc. ) offering users "amazing" offers, which usually consist of buying tech products with a face value of hundreds of euros, heavily discounted and accessible for just 2 euros (or, in other versions of the scam, for a bit more).

Of course, if the user takes the bait, for example by clicking on links and providing payment details or, in any case, personal data, the scam has actually achieved its objective: to extract money from the unfortunate victim and/or steal personal data (perhaps to resell it on the dark web).

How to recognize the 2 euro scam on Facebook and Instagram

Recognizing the 2 euro scam on Facebook and Instagram, however, is not complicated at all: you just need to pay a little attention to distinguish the posts made by bad people. Here are some elements that could be included in a hypothetical post-fraud event identikit, also highlighted in the screenshot at the bottom.

The post has a sensational tone: if you notice the presence of many exclamation points in the text of the post and the excessive use of sensational terms, such as 'big discounts', 'take advantage of the latest product', this ad is misleading.

The post contains syntax or grammar errors: sometimes scammers can create the message in one language (eg English) and translate it into many others without paying attention to possible syntax and grammar errors that are often made by online translators.

Page or account not verified: The "blue check" on a company's Facebook page or Instagram account serves to prove to the community that it is a verified account. In the absence of this small (but significant) detail, it is virtually certain that you are dealing with a fake account.

Advertised products are discounted for no valid reason: since no one gives anything to anyone, if an offer is too good to be true... it definitely isn't!

Posts have comments coming from suspicious accounts: to make the notification seem more credible, scammers can create fake accounts (usually characterized by "dubious" names) with which to comment on the posts made. If the comments in question also have sensational tones, they are likely to be fake.

If you come across advertisements similar to the ones we have described, in addition to not clicking on the links they contain, it would be wise to report the post and the corresponding account that published it on the platform, so that measures can be taken. necessary. 

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