Well I’ll be. After about 40 years of helping others who fell for scams, I finally fell for one myself.
One of my favourite Australian comedians, Isaac Butterfield, posted a video to Facebook that I liked so I left a comment.
A couple of hours later, I got the following reply. (Circled)
It sounded genuine as Isaac Butterfield was running a promotion not long ago that was in the back of my mind. The above was posted by a Fake profile, though.
Within minutes, I got two automated alerts from my Debit Card provider that debits had been made. I knew I hadn’t authorised any debits, so I checked my Online Banking facility.
Sure enough, two transactions for $1.45 had been made, though still sitting in a Pending to be processed status. Two clicks and the card was Locked from any further use. A quick phone call to my bank and that card is now cancelled and a different new one is on its way. No big deal. The $2.90 will eventually be refunded to me by my bank.
1. His name was all in Caps. His genuine profile isn’t in all caps.
2. There was no Facebook Verified tick next to the name in the reply I got.
3. A credit or debit card should not be needed to win any sort of prize, despite the supposedly $0.00 transaction I entered on the fake profile site.
The positives of this are to show the value of always using a “Debit Master or Visa card” rather than a credit card for online transactions.
I keep a maximum of $5.00 in my debit card account unless I’m purchasing from a store that I’m sure is legit, where I transfer the needed funds to before making an online purchase.
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