A scammer has set up a Facebook page for people who want to learn how to spot scams on social media.
The scammer appears to have posted an article in the New York Times to ask for advice about getting in touch with his friend’s employer.
“I was getting messages from a few people asking me if I’d seen this article and if I was involved in it, I was like, ‘no,'” says Ryan Breen, a professional investigator in Los Angeles.
Breen says he’s had people send him tips on spotting a scammer who posts in the Times and the website russia.com, which is linked to an article from the Times that claims to offer tips for spotting scams on Facebook.
Breech says people are becoming more savvy about spotting scams.
“The whole idea that if you go to a website and it says ‘help us spot a scam,’ then you don’t know what you’re in for,” says Breen.
The site russia is linked in the article to an issue of the Times.
But in the story, the Times says it is working to “fix” the article’s factual errors and remove references to the Russian government.
“So I’m like, this article is clearly fake,” says Ben.
Ben says he was able to identify the author of the article by looking for his Twitter account.
Breen says people who see the articles in the NYTimes and russia are likely looking for the same person who posted them.
He says the authors of the articles on Facebook and russian.com are both fake.
“There are people out there who are trying to manipulate the people who have created this site,” says Ryan.
But Breen said he wasn’t convinced by any of his tips on how to detect a scam.
“You have to go on the website and go through the list of questions and answers and see what you can do.
You can’t just say, ‘oh I know, it’s a scam,'” says Blyn.
But, he says, it could be a good idea to contact your employer if you see something suspicious.
Benny says if you are suspicious of a scam, it might be a better idea to go to an employee, even if they have not contacted you.
“If you see someone trying to scam you out of your salary, that’s a big red flag,” says Benny.
“That can be a little scary.”