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Facebook advert scam

I was on the Facebook app Last night and I saw what I thought was an article on some new smart watch, it was an advert... When I opened it Is was ask to do a survey, it asked 3 questions:,
What do you prefer, apple or Android?
Large or small screens?
And I can't remember the last question but upon selecting an answer is received the following text

FreeMsg: Thank you for subscribing to Topikoo for £4.50 per week from Tekka until you text STOP to 62442. HELP? 03332021398

I had to text STOP but it's already charged me £4.50 plus what ever the standard charge for my reply was. Anyway it was just a heads up, someone is becoming a millionaire by ripping people off.
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Re: Facebook advert scam

One reason not to use facebook. Get adblock on your device or an equivalent. I always used the desktop version on my phone as it can't interact with your handset as much.
Leave your candy-colored cans in the toy chest and try a pair of proper headphones.
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I never click on anything FB related. Easy for me to say  but must be really annoying when people find they have been scammed like this.

You can report it to the FB community

https://www.facebook.com/help/181495968648557

Then you should contact the company and demand your money back... Thanks for the heads up..

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Re: Facebook advert scam

Report it to the regulator too http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/
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Re: Facebook advert scam

Facebook is literally a gold mine for these type of scams. We like to think we are wise to it all but many people can be conned this way with youngsters particularly vulnerable and easy prey.

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Re: Facebook advert scam

How did the advert get the mobile number to text? 

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@Anonymous wrote:

How did the advert get the mobile number to text? 


I presume when the OP signed up to do the survey they were asked to input their mobile number?Smiley Sad

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Anonymous
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Re: Facebook advert scam

No that's the thing, I didn't put any details in, it was just 3 questions, none of them personal so I can only presume the Facebook app gave them my number.
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No that's the thing, I didn't put any details in, it was just 3 questions, none of them personal so I can only presume the Facebook app gave them my number.

Then that's an outrageous breach of your privacy. I am sure you have to tick something to 'allow' FB to do that?

Or perhaps it's something you have to UNtick? Who really knows. FB is so intrusive and one of the reasons I now use it rarely..

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If they are scammers I would imagine they don't care two hoots about your privacy, but normally permission has to be given for a facebook app to get your personal details. Either way a real heads up about the dangers of facebook - the golden rule with social media is assume everything you put there is available to the world, even if your profile is private.