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RSN™ Commentary: Reporting Fakes To Facebook Is A Waste Of Time?

What Good Does Reporting Fakes To Facebook Do?

For each one that we shut down, another pops up right?

Yes, indeed.

So why does it matter?

If you think like that you are being defeatist from the get-go. You are overlooking the real reasons for things and focusing on your own disillusionment and disappointment.

Why do we take down as many fake profiles as we can?

Because it disrupts the connection the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. has to new prospect victims they were groomingGrooming Grooming is a form of setting up a victim for a scam or other crime by befriending and establishing an emotional connection with the victim, and sometimes the family, to lower the victim's inhibitions with the objective of the scam or criminal activity.  Grooming includes the development of a trust relationship between the criminal and the victim, getting the victims to the point where they can be more completely manipulated.  !

A victim is connected to a fake profile and identity. We want to disrupt that food chain as fast as we can – hopefully before they can move the victim to Google Hangouts or another social media.

It is not that we care about the Fake profile, there are 400 million of them on Facebook. It is that we care about rescuing other victims. At least taking away the fake profile will give some of them pause and they will ask the scammer hard questions. Some percentage will back away at that point.

We Can’t Get Them All, But We Can Get Some. And Of Course The Same Applies To Other Social Media As Well!

What if someone had done that for you while you were in the early stages of your scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.?

Would you say that it was worth it if YOU were not scammed?

We cannot save everybody, but if YOU help we can save more!

That is all we try to do by reporting Facebook Fakes. A small battle in a bigger war.

Each person reading this has a choice to make. You are either part of the solution, or you are part of the problem.

What will you choose?

Tom Borman
RSN Managing Director
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