Payday Loan/American Trainer Facebook Warning - Facebook Rumour
Update: The threat this message is attempting to describe is discussed in our blog post here.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!! THERES A NEW SCAM GOING ROUND, PLEASE WARN ALL OTHER GROUPS AS MANY AS YOU CAN. THE PAYDAY LOAN SCAM...... ALSO AN AMERICAN TRAINER SCAM , THE PEOPLE ADVERTISING THESE ARE NOW BLOCKING ADMINS ON ALL GROUPS SO THEY CANT SEE THE POSTS THEY ARE PUTTING UP ABOUT THESE SCAMS. AND CONSTANTLY ADVERTISING THEM. PLEASE PLEASE ITS ABSOLUTELY VITAL YOU SPREAD THE WORD ROUND ALL THE GROUPS YOUR ON , AND LET ADMIN KNOW STRAIGHT AWAY. FACEBOOK HAVE BEEN INFORMED ABOUT THIS
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ADMIN , THERES A NEW SCAM GOING ROUND..... PLEASE WARN ALL OTHER GROUPS AS MANY AS YOU CAN....... THE PAYDAY LOAN SCAM...... ALSO AN AMERICAN TRAINER SCAM , THE PEOPLE ADVERTISING THESE ARE NOW BLOCKING ADMINS ON ALL GROUPS SO THEY CANT SEE THE POSTS THEY ARE PUTTING UP ABOUT THESE SCAMS. AND CONSTANTLY ADVERTISING THEM. THE CULPRITS SO FAR... ARE A ...... "SARAH RITCHIE" AND A " MEGAN JOHNSON " BECKY SMITH. , PLEASE PLEASE ITS ABSOLUTELY VITAL YOU SPREAD THE WORD ROUND ALL THE GROUPS YOUR ON , AND LET ADMIN KNOW STRAIGHT AWAY. FACEBOOK HAVE BEEN INFORMED ABOUT THIS.
These all-caps messages are circulating warning of some kind of scam, but in typical fashion with these breathless "warnings" the overall message is totally incoherent and utterly useless.
After reading the message several times over, it appears the message is trying to describe scammers advertising either "payday loans" or "American trainers" - possibily via posts or through groups on Facebook(?) - which lead to some kind of scam (but does not seem to disclose what type of scam). The message also seems to assert that the scammers are blocking group admins, though is it not clear if these admins are being blocked from their own groups, or possibly groups belonging to the scammers...?
Variants of the message name certain Facebook users, but what these users are actually supposed to be guilty of is simply unclear.
Either way the message is essentially illegible and completely indecipherable. It does not seem to go into any detail about how the scam works or how it baits victims. This "warning" is utterly pointless and circulating it is certainly not recommended.
If you know anything further about the meaning of this message, or think you understand what the author is failing to convey, feel free to get in contact!
UPDATE: After referring with other group admins regarding the issue, it appears this garbled message is attempting to describe an exploit which can occur within Facebook groups.
The exploit occurs when a spammer joins a Facebook group and blocks the administrator from seeing their [the spammers] own Facebook account. Because of this block between the group admin and the spammer, the admin apparently cannot see posts made by the spammer in the group, nor can they even see the spammer being a group member.
The spammer utilises this invisibility to post links to spam websites, knowing the group admin cannot see and thus cannot delete the spam postings.
However the message is still confused and practically illegible (not to mention written entirely in caps) and thus would still need reworded to act as an effective warning.
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