Verified Page Bored Panda Offer: Legit or Scam? - Facebook & Instagram
If you have a verified Facebook page, you may have started receiving strange messages or emails from people offering thousands of dollars for advertising on your page, without needing any type of admin access.
Many of the accounts mention well known groups such as Diply or Bored Panda.
If you've received one of these messages, you're probably wondering who the people are, why they chose you and whether this is a legitimate opportunity to make some extra cash from your Social Media account.
Examples of Facebook Advertising Messages
Some of the messages sent include:
- Dear Its a Group Based On Members you page is verified with blue badge thats why everyone wants to work with you . We share our websites on facebook pages and earn revenue from itI want to promote my website on your page i can offer you $5000 USD Dollars per week for 4 articles weeklyI donot want any kind of access on your page and i will send you money of a first week in advance then i will give you the articles you need to publish them
- We run our marketing Campaigns!! We will distribute 4 articles per week for 3000$ Dollars and 5000$ Dollars per week We want to promote our Website on your page.
- Clear me please are you really interested or not in this deal , i have also few others offers of pages so if you are interested to finish this deal then its great for us if not then we should stop here
Signs This is a Scam
Although the offer of thousands of dollars seems tempting, there are few problems that stand out:
- These users often use the word 'Dear', a common greeting among Indian and African English speakers.
- Many of the messages are written using poor English.
- Many of the accounts are relatively new, or appear to have only spammy posts.
- Many of the accounts are removed from Facebook within a short time frame.
- When pushed for further information, most of the accounts become aggressive and insulting.
And the biggest issue? If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
No legitimate advertiser would offer such large payments to complete strangers without a vetting process. Most online advertisers who do collaborations and influencer campaigns pay rates based on the number of followers, engagement and other statistics.
So, What's the Scam?
This Facebook scam particularly targets verified pages, but is likely a variation on the Facebook rental scam. This scam involves companies and websites that have been banned from Facebook advertising manager, using other accounts to get around the ban.
Some of the things the Facebook rental scam may include:
- Using your Facebook advertising account to promote spammy content.
- Using your Facebook account to promote malware or scams.
- Paying you money which is through a fake Paypal or stolen Credit Card.
- Using your account to promote Facebook instant articles and make advertising money.
Facebook Page Rental Scam
Still want to try it?
If the offer of thousands of dollars is still too tempting to resist, we recommend you do the following:
- Contact the company directly, to check whether the person who contacted you is a legitimate employee.
- Don't provide high level Facebook admin access to anyone who you don't know and trust.
- Think about the risks involved very carefully; these include lowering your page's credibility, and having it reported and banned for spam.
Have you received a message about this scam? Or do you have more information? Leave a comment below and let us know about your experience.