Social Media News: Facebook Changes Messenger To Prevent Scams

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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. or imposterImposter An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors.. Citing these concerns, Facebook says that it will continue to build innovative features to deliver safety and privacy on its platform.

According To Facebook:

Privacy, safety and security are fundamental to Messenger. We work hard to ensure Messenger is a safe place to connect with the people who matter most while also protecting their privacy (learn more), and today, I’m excited to announce a new safety feature that will help millions of people avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams without compromising their privacy.

Building Safety into Private Spaces

Our strategy to keep people safe on Messenger focuses not only on giving them the information and controls they need to prevent abuse from happening, but also on detecting it and responding quickly if it occurs. We’re introducing safety notices in Messenger that will pop up in a chat and provide tips to help people spot suspicious activity and take action to block or ignore someone when something doesn’t seem right. We started rolling this feature out on Android in March and will bring this to more people around the world on iOS next week.

 

 

As we move to end-to-end encryption, we are investing in privacy-preserving tools like this to keep people safe without accessing message content. We developed these safety tips with machine learning that looks at behavioral signals like an adult sending a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18. This ensures that the new features will be available and effective when Messenger is end-to-end encrypted.

Helping Minors Stay Safe

Keeping minors safe on our platforms is one of our greatest responsibilities. Messenger already has special protections in place for minors that limit contact from adults they aren’t connected to, and we use machine learning to detect and disable the accounts of adults who are engaging in inappropriate interactions with children. Our new feature educates people under the age of 18 to be cautious when interacting with an adult they may not know and empowers them to take action before responding to a message.

We are always consulting with experts on the best ways to keep minors safe and we’re encouraged when they express confidence in safety features like this.

“These features show a great integration of the technical tools that will help curb bad behaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. on the platform, while also reminding people of their own control over their account,” said Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. “It’s important to use language that empowers people to make wise decisions and think more critically about who they’re interacting with online. We’re especially glad to see this reflected in the thoughtful approach around safety considerations for younger users.” (The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is a nonprofit internet safety organization that receives support from Facebook and other tech companies. FOSI also serves as a member of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board and receives an honorarium in appreciation of their time and expertise.)

Avoiding Scams and Imposters

Too often people interact with someone online they think they know or trust, when it’s really a scammer or imposter. These accounts can be hard to identify at first and the results can be costly. Messenger already filters some potential spam or malwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. and offers tips to avoid common scams. Our new safety notices also help educate people on ways to spot scams or imposters and help them take action to prevent a costly interaction.

We designed this safety feature to work with full encryption. People should be able to communicate securely and privately with friends and loved ones without anyone listening to or monitoring their conversations. As Messenger becomes end-to-end encrypted by default, we will continue to build innovative features that deliver on safety while leading on privacy. These safety notices will help people avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams while empowering them with the information and controls needed to keep their chats private, safe and secure.

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As with most things that Facebook does there will be benefits for users, but their track record shows that there are always cracks that scammers find their way into.

Let’s hope that the combination of extreme pressure from the U.S Government and their own desire to avoid heavy regulation will keep them focused on improving their platform.

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  1. Pj Mchugh June 14, 2020 at 5:40 am - Reply

    I a m being scammed by a person in Ghana he is called Ebenezer Essiaw Tweneboah using the name Mavis Ghansah I have fallen for Mavis I have sent about a thousand pounds

    • SCARS™ Editorial Team June 15, 2020 at 8:19 am - Reply

      You will need to back away from this. Report to your local police and ActionFraudActionFraud Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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      You are also welcome to join our support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers. at http://www.ScamVictimSupport.org
      Just 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 ••• them completely at this point – there is no reason for further contact.

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