Seafood scams on Facebook have been proliferating recently, and Facebook just doesn’t care.
So it is up to all of us to spread the word and WARN EVERYONE about these seafood scams on Facebook.
Seafood Scams On Facebook : What’s Going On?
These Facebook seafood scam pages have a simple modus operandi :
- offer online seafood delivery at very attractive prices and even free delivery
- advertise on Facebook to reach out to people, and avert Facebook’s ire
- ghost you after you deposit money into their bank accounts
- delete your negative comments on their Facebook page
Even though many people reported Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent as scam pages, Facebook declined to take action and they are STILL ACTIVE.
Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!
The problem with seafood scams on Facebook is how easily scammers create them. Even if they get banned by Facebook, they will simply create a new one.
Facebook also partly enables them to continue with their scam by ignoring reports, claiming that there is nothing on the scam pages that go against their Community Standards. Duh – as if the scammers will post on Facebook admitting that they are scammers.
So how do we detect these seafood scams on Facebook?
Step 1 : Check List Of Reported / Confirmed Seafood Scams
The first thing you should do is run a quick search online on the name of the seafood vendor. See if anyone has reported them to be a scam.
Confirmed Seafood Scams On Facebook
Multiple people have reported that these Facebook seafood vendors have cheated them :
Reported Seafood Scams On Facebook
These Facebook pages have been reported to be scam pages, but we haven’t been able to independently verify their reports :
- Senson Seafood (Tommy Tan and his phone number was also used by Ocean Sense)
Senson seafood 森森海鲜 (appears to be a copy of the first Senson Seafood page)
Step 2 : Check With The Commercial Crimes Department
Next, use the Commercial Crimes Department’s website to check for bank accounts that have outstanding police reports.
For example, the CIMB 8604503834 has two outstanding police reports lodged against it.
DO NOT BANK ANY MONEY to any account flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website.
Step 3 : Check List Of Reported Company + Bank Accounts
Just because a bank account has not been flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website doesn’t mean it’s safe.
That’s because many people do not bother to lodge a police report, or it may be a recent scam.
Here is a list of reported company and bank accounts, which you should AVOID :
|Yap Kok Keong
|A&B Bintang Trading
|Car Boutique Venture
|GS 028 Seafood Trading
|Lee Pea Ching
Step 4 : Look For An Address
Genuine seafood vendors on Facebook will share with you their address, so you can drop by and select your seafood if you wish.
But don’t just trust the address they post. Always check the address on Google Maps, and use Street View to check if the shop really exists.
Step 5 : Look For Angry Emojis
A genuine seafood vendor may have one or two angry emojis by dissatisfied customers, but scam pages will have A LOT of them.
Hover over the reaction emojis, and look at how many are positive (likes or wow), and how many are negative (angry).
Scam pages will have a lot of angry emojis because they often delete negative comments, so angry customers have only one option – show angry emojis to warn potential customers.
Step 6 : PM People With Angry Emojis
To find out for sure if this is a scam, just PM (private message) those who left an angry emoji react to the Facebook page.
Step 7 : Pay Only By Credit Card / Cash On Delivery
If you are still enticed by the great offer and want to take a risk, insist on paying with a credit card, or cash on delivery.
NEVER PAY to a bank account directly, because there is simply NO PROTECTION, and NO WAY for you to get your money back.
Using a credit card protects you against fraud, because the payment is not instantly credited to the vendor.
If you did not receive the seafood you ordered, simply call up the bank and inform them. They will refund the money.
If the seafood vendor insists on a direct bank transfer and refuses even cash on delivery, it is highly likely that they are scammers.
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