Facebook scams, police alert: watch out for discounted products

You don't only run the risk of losing your money, but also of endangering your credit card and bank account data

Facebook dreams of transforming itself (also) into a marketplace. The Facebook Marketplace, launched for now as a preview in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, however, has little to do with the "marketplace" from which the State Police advises to stay away.

Although the beginning for Facebook Marketplace was not the best - some errors of "evaluation" of artificial intelligence had allowed users to put on sale weapons, drugs and even sexual performance - the agents warn Italian users from very attractive ads but which, upon closer inspection, are not very credible. Since a few weeks, some Facebook pages have been sponsoring e-commerce portals with super-discounted branded products for sale: Stone Island jackets at 68 euros, Timberland shoes at 35 euros or the latest models of Adidas, Nike and New Balance sneakers at 15 euros. Prices too low to be true.

In addition to the damage, the mockery

The greatest danger that you run, still warn the agents of the State Police via their Facebook page "A life of social", is not to lose the money of the advertisement. Portals of this kind, in the vast majority of cases, exploit the good faith of little shrewd internet users to steal credit card data and clone it. When making the payment, the cardholder's name, the card number (the 16 digits printed on the front of the card), the expiry date and the CVV code (card verification code on the back of the card, near the magnetic strip) are requested. Just enough to make a copy of the credit card and use it for other online purchases at the expense of unsuspecting users.

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