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Facebook Scams: Cyber Crime Cases on Swindling in Facebook, The Modus Operandi...
Engr. Antonio E. Jimeno, Jr., ECE
Valenzuela City, Philippines.

COMMON PROFILE OF A PROFESSIONAL SCAM ARTIST:

(1) Gadgets offered at a very attractive price.
(2) The Facebook Account of the seller has so many friends and has been created for several years
(3) Various Mode of Payments Available; Bank, Money Remittance, Globe GCash
(4) No Meet-ups
(5) Pictures of different items sold by the Online Seller posted in his/her Facebook Albums and Wall
(6) Mastery of the Technical Features of the Items/Gadgets by the Online Seller
(7) Proof of Shipment posted on the Online Sellers Album in Facebook giving the impression that he/she is legitimate
(8) Testimonies of his/her friends/clients that he/she is a legitimate online seller
(9) Membership in various Online Community of Sellers (Facebook Groups)
(10) Offer of Discount Coupons when you pay thru his/her preferred mode of payment.

Step 1: The Lethal Attraction!

As previously discussed, Item (1) above is the culprit. It is the magnet that attracts unsuspecting buyers and online shoppers of the lethal scheme perpetrated by the scam artist (commonly referred to as scammers).

It is the bait. Analogous to the Civil Code's Principle on Attractive Nuisance. It entices your urge to buy at an instant lest you regret losing the opportunity of a "lifetime."

A Laptop selling at USD80! A Canon DSLR Camera selling at USD99! If you buy this now, you will get additional freebies! If you pay thru the seller's preferred mode of payment you will get discount on FREE SHIPPING!

That is how it started! There was a very attractive offer and you were enticed to grad the opportunity.

 

Step 2: The Seller Seems Legit!

The seller seems legit... the seller seems legit... the seller seems legit... this line is continuously streaming in your mind. Either your are trying to convince yourself so you can justify the urge inside you to grab the "opportunity of a lifetime" or the PRICE TAG clogs your ability to rationalize even if you are repeatedly reciting the mantra: The seller seems legit.

Then you scroll Items (2), (5), (8), and (9) above and you try to convince yourself that indeed "The seller seems legit."

You asked the seller, either thru Facebook Private Message (PM) or thru Text about the features of the items and you experience for yourself Item (6) above.

 

Step 3: The Negotiation Stage

As with the Traditional Selling, you negotiate your terms, ask for further discount and boom - it was offered to you PROVIDED THAT YOU PAY IN FULL NOW; WITHIN THE DAY! Instead of being suspicious, you are more enticed and inclined to pay. However, the little voice inside you is looking for more security assurances.

You negotiated for a Meet-Up. Not possible. Either the Seller is too busy to accommodate a meet-up or it is just too impractical considering the geographical distance.

Then comes the teaser - You can pay thru bank. The Seller seems legit!

Then another teaser - If you pay thru the seller's preferred mode of payment (either Money Remittance Centers; Pera Padala or Electronic Cash Transfer Payment Services; Globe GCash, SmartMoney), you can avail of the FREE SHIPPING.

And you asked yourself, I have the seller's bank account anyway, why not pay him/her via his/her preferred mode of payment?

You may also decline the offer of FREE SHIPPING as the amount involved is too large to risk being scammed so you might also prefer paying thru bank, or even via PayPal.

 

Step 4: The Payment and Waiting Stage

You paid the seller and informed him/her of such payment. He/she promised to deliver the item via a courier and that he/she will give you the Tracking Number later. At this point, he/she was borrowing precious time.

At this point, there may be delays in the delivery but you can still contact him/her to inquire about the delay. He/she will give you several reasons; typhoons, misdelivery by the courier, etc. The seller needs to borrow precious time to perfect his/her diabolical scheme.

Later, he/she will give you a tracking number which is NON-EXISTENT! He/she may claim typographical error, or error/glitch in the courier's Computerized Tracking System.

 

Step 5: Getting Away with your hard-earned money.

Yes, the seller needs time to perfect his/her scheme. At this point, you can still send him/her Facebook Private Messages (PMs) or Text Messages (SMS). You can still view the seller's Facebook Account.

If the payment is thru Globe GCash, as what many of our cases are, he/she will transfer the money to one (or usually several) GCash Account(s) located in different part(s) of the Philippines, and the latter recipient will withdraw the whole amount.

Once the whole amount is withdrawn, the seller disappears!

 

Step 6: The Disappearing Act

Several days after your payment transaction, the seller's account would BLOCK you! It may remain active for a while (waiting to close his/her other transaction with other victims in his/her Facebook account).

You cannot view his/her profile anymore. You can no longer send him/her Facebook Private Messages (PMs). You tried to call him/her and he/she "can no longer be reached." You tried to send him/her text messages and these will have no replies.

You now realized that you fell victim to a SCAM ARTIST.

Then before you blame yourself, you refer to Items (2), (8) and (9) above.

(2) The Facebook Account of the seller has so many friends and has been created for several years
(8) Testimonies of his/her friends/clients that he/she is a legitimate online seller
(9) Membership in various Online Community of Sellers (Facebook Groups)

That proves your were dealing with a PROFESSIONAL SCAM ARTIST!

Many SELLERS are BUYING FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS with lots of friends, preferably created for many years. These Professional Scam Artists buy these established Facebook Accounts at attractive prices. In fact, due to these schemes, many users in Facebook would also offer their Facebook Accounts for sale and post the same in various online seller community groups in Facebook. That answers Item (2) above.

And we are talking here of the MANY Facebook accounts the online seller had. These accounts conducts REGULAR SELF-SERVICE TESTIMONIES in various Facebook Online Seller Communities giving testimonials that a particular account (which the seller also owned) is legit. That answers Items (8) and (9) above.

In fact, many "alleged victims" who would come to seek our assistance would inquire, not not on the legal side of their case, but more on the technical side - on how we trace the location and identity of scam artists. That is the reason why we do not, will not, and must not discuss these things on chat.

For additional Information on Facebook-related Scams (Cyber Crime using Facebook), please visit http://www.cybercrimecomplaintcenter.com

Engr. Antonio E. Jimeno, Jr., ECE is a Cyber Crime Consultant. He is a resource speaker in various training and seminars to the government agencies, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Private Corporations and Business Entities as well as Schools and Universities since 1989. He also conducts training and seminars on Ethical Hacking, Cyber Crime Forensics and Techniques, Data Communication, Web Page Design, Website Development, Website Administration and E-Commerce among others. Engr. Antonio E. Jimeno, Jr., ECE is also a SEO Practitioner, specializing in removing bad, malicious and libelous articles not only from the search engines' page results but from the Internet as well. Engr. Antonio E. Jimeno, Jr., ECE founded the International Portal Cyber Crime Complaint Center as well as Online Reputation Management Philippines.

"Engr. Antonio 'Tony' Jimeno, Jr., specializes in removing libelous articles and malicious blog sites not only in search engines but also in the Internet.
He coordinated closely with Google, Inc. (USA and Finland) for the successful removal of malicious and libelous blog sites  against our lady-client who is a known executive in the travel industry. And while waiting for the favorable results, Engr. Tony Jimeno took it upon himself to remove and de-list such sites in the Yahoo and Google Search Engines utilizing effective SEO Techniques. Engr. Tony Jimeno was also able to identify the culprit and was able to gather enough electronic evidence to win our case but our lady-client refused to proceed further for personal and security reasons." (Testimonial on one Internet Defamation Case handled by a lawyer, an associate dean of a prestigious law school, and whose case was referred to the Cyber Crime Complaint Center Portal)

 

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military establishments as well as schools and universities nationwide since 1989. Engr. Antonio "Tony" Jimeno, Jr., ECE also conducts in-house training and seminars on such topics. 

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