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Social Media News: Facebook Changes Messenger To Prevent ScamsScams 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.

Facebook Messenger Launches New Feature For 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. Detection

California social media giant Facebook has launched new features in its Messenger platform that would help billions of their users to detect scams and other harmful online interactions.

With the new safety tool, Messenger will now warn its users through safety notices popping up during the chat to alert of potential dangers. This would help in the detection of suspicious activity prompting users to blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• or ignore someone the moment things don’t seem right.

Jay Sullivan, Director of Project Management at Messenger Safety and Privacy, Facebook, has stated that “Messenger takes note of user-privacy, safety and security as fundamental concerns. The new safety tool has been developed with the help of machine learningMachine learning Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence. Machine learning has the capacity to learn over time without being explicitly programmed. It can ingest a large amount of data and detect patterns and anomalies at scale. Supervised machine learning models are trained on a set of labels, while unsupervised machine learning does not require labeled data. which spots behavioral signals like an adult sending a considerable amount of friend or message requests to people under 18,” says Sullivan.

Facebook intends the new safety tool to educate minors to be vigilant while communicating with an unknown adult. This feature has already been rolled out on Android in March and would be operational on iOS this week. [SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. NOTE: Keep in mind that it is unlawful for children under the age of 13 to have an account on Facebook per the Childrens Online Privacy & Protection Act]

Facebook Messenger has moved to end-to-end encryption and has been consistently investing in privacy-protection features to ensure the safety of its users. Facebook cites the safety of minors on its platform to be its prime responsibility.

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the U.K. Nonprofit “Family Online Safety Institute,” has stated that these new safety features in Messenger will help curb bad practices on the platform and also empower people to have control over their accounts.

Several studies suggest repeated instances of people interacting online with someone they think they know when it is actually a 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.</