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Beware of Scammers

Beware of Scammers

As technology advances and new ways of communication open up, scammers seem to find their way into different platforms in an effort to separate you from your money or take credit away from legitimate business owners.

Here at Arizona Yorkies, we have seen this time and time again. 

When we first started creating posts to find homes for our puppies, we began receiving a high number of links from fake profiles that tried to lead our audience away. These profiles we blocked all looked the same: brand-new profiles with nearly no friends, and links that led out to sketchy websites.

The scammers were trying to make money off of our traffic. They created fake profiles that resembled our brand and posted links out to their website, which advertised Yorkie puppies for sale or adoption. However, most of these websites would ask you to pay a fee before being able to see the dog at all.

We’ve since learned that the best way to keep our page safe from spam is by filtering out comments. Nowadays when you visit our Facebook page, you can comment as long as it doesn’t contain a link and isn’t offensive.

If you are unsure if what you are seeing is a scam or not, it is helpful to check the profile of the person commenting and see if they are real.

Here are some profile red flags to look for: 

  • Brand-new profile
  • Photos are only a few weeks old
  • No friends or very short friends list
  • Links to inappropriate or sketchy websites

Once you have identified the red flags, it is time to report the comment. To do this, simply click on the arrow in the top right-hand corner of your screen and select “Report”. This will bring up a pop-up with additional options for reporting. Select “Spam” as your reason for reporting and click submit!

If you do click out to a link, here are some website red flags to look for:

  • Websites that ask for money before visiting the dog
  • Websites that ask for card information
  • Websites that ask for social security or identity information

When in doubt, don’t click on links you see on your social media accounts. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your information.

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