Scammers existed long before the existence of the Internet. At least back then they were bound to scam you face to face. These days, they have the ability to hide behind their screens and conceal their identities. Their ability to work in the shadows combined with the accessibility offered by the internet makes it one of the best times in history to be a con artist. As such, there are potential threats to each of us personally and our businesses lurking around every corner, waiting for an opportunity.
It seems that we have spoken and warned people of the infamous Business manager scam 2 for several years now.
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Unfortunately, it’s not going away. On the contrary, this scam is becoming more and more elaborate and sophisticated. Over the past twelve months, this is still the most popular way for fanpage owners to lose their properties. This method is the main and most effective tool in the scammer’s toolbox, and it has evolved into different versions.
What is the Business Manager Invite scam?
The scam revolves around the Facebook entrepreneur, which is a tool that any Facebook user can use. It allows users to share and control access to ad accounts, fan pages, and other Facebook resources. Business owners can see all the pages and ad accounts they’re working on in one place, without sharing login credentials or being connected to their colleagues on Facebook.
A Business Manager can also request ownership of any pageand if such a request is granted, it is irrevocable, and the new manager will supersede the rights of any previous administrator.
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The image above is an example of what a real Business Manager application looks like. In this example, we used MDR as the manager’s name, but a real scam will use a more elaborate name to trick you into accepting the invitation.
If you allow access via this method, you will immediately lose control of your fanpage and you will not be protected by the new 7 day admin removal rule 2 . In fact, it’s so bad you won’t even be able to back out. The new administrator will have a “Page Owner” tag next to
They will have total and complete control. They will have the ability to remove all admins with one click and your chances of getting the page back are next to zero.
It looks so realistic!
At first glance, you might be thinking — “I would never fall for this” . We thought the same thing until some acquaintances had their pages stolen via this method.
Before exploring all the new scams below, watch this guy lose his 160,000 Facebook pages 18 and then tell us that you will never fall for the trap. Everything in this video looked 100% legit and he lost it all with the click of a button.
Now that you understand how serious a threat is and how easily it can happen to you, review all other Business Manager scams and be on the lookout.
New Business Manager scams:
Page verification scam
This method uses “Facebook Verification” as the name of Business Manager, which gives the impression that Facebook wants check your page 2 and give you the coveted blue verified badge.
Obviously this is a scam, and that’s not how verification badges are awarded, but if you don’t know how the verification process works and the corresponding conversation lines up correctly, you can easily click a single button to lose your page.
Fake as deletion scam
This method often starts with a message that is sent to your pages inbox stating that you need to “allow invitation in order to remove fake likes, failure to comply will result in page deletion.”
Then you will receive an invitation from “Check your fan page” as a Business Manager name which will come with an official looking Facebook logo (usually with a shield) next to the name (in place of the Facebook flag seen in the image above).
If you click on the Accept button, you will lose your page forever.
Upgrade your account to the entrepreneur scam
This method is the most popular among scammers, but it only works when the scammer knows your personal profile address.
How the scam works do you first get a message from an official sounding account related to Facebook staff (FB Staff/Facebook Security/etc…).
The message will indicate that “Your account and fanpage are eligible for a Business Manager upgrade. To accept, go to your fanpage settings, then click Page Roles and accept the request.
The trick here is that the scammer will register a Facebook profile with your name and copy your profile picture. When the Business Manager invitation is sent to you, it looks like you are upgrading your own account.
The invite will say:
- A business owner wants to access your page.
- Business account name: Your own name and photo.
This method is extremely simple, but effective. Especially for those who have personal brands.
Anyone with a decent fanpage probably gets countless messages like – “I will give you 100,000 USD for your fanpage, please add me…”
Rest assured you won’t get paid 100k for your page, the scammers just want to locate your personal account so they can copy the name and photo so they can try the scam on you.
The best advice you can give is to stay alert and not message untrusted people from your personal accounts.
Keep your eyes open, don’t make hasty decisions, and if you’re unsure about a particular action, do some research first. It’s likely not the first time this scam has been around and someone has probably spoken about it openly on a blog, news site, or on YouTube.
If in doubt, contact us and we will do our best to review your situation and assist you in any way possible.
Article originally published on SWAP