Buyer Beware: Scammers are lurking on Facebook

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The popularity of Facebook has made it the perfect target to seduce people with the same sort of lures that traditionally have been delivered via email.

Now, stay-at-home moms can be tempted by an ad suggesting they could make $67,000 a year working from home. The Better Business Bureau has collected a collection of similar ads to warn people who might be tempted to embrace the veracity of some of these claims.
Common to many of these scam ads are links to what appear to be the blogs or sites of actual people who followed these programs and are now raking in the dough. Also common among them is a knack for obscuring what the real deal is.

The work from home offer, for example, lays the groundwork for a $70-a-month subscription. For many, the idea that someone might fall for one of these scams is inconceivable, or perhaps humorous. But the fact is people do every day.

These offers appeal to what many people are looking for: a chance to make money, lose weight or get a great deal. Add in the phony testimonials by what appear to be real people and some are going to bite.

The BBB said in 2008 alone it received 3,500 complaints just from people unhappy with work at home offers they bought into. That's just how many people decided to take their beef to the BBB -- a fraction of those who actually went for one of these schemes.

So, if you hear of anyone considering such an "opportunity" suggest to them a modicum of skepticism. "The point though," a BBB spokesman said, "is that it's important that people always read the fine print carefully before giving their credit card information online." It's simple advice. And it makes sense.

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