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Everyone knows giving a stranger access to your Facebook account is a bad idea. But so-called “ad launderers” are making an offer some people can’t resist: quick, easy cash. It might sound like a good way to make money, but it’s a bad idea.

You come across a website that says you can rent out your Facebook account for easy cash deposited straight into your PayPal or bank account. Some companies may even claim they only need access to the ad account and therefore your personal account won’t be affected. All you have to do is install a special program on your computer and/or hand over your log-in and password.

There are several ways this deal can go bad. First, when the company gains access to your Facebook account, your personal information can be compromised. If you are asked to install software on your computer, you may install malware with it, which also can give a multitude of strangers access to your personal information including your personal photos and banking information.

In one BBB Scam Tracker report, a consumer agreed to receive payments via PayPal, only to have the company use his PayPal account to spend more than $200 on Facebook ads.

In addition, even if you don’t become a victim of identity theft, your account may be used to help shady companies get around Facebook restrictions. Companies may use your information to promote casinos, dubious health supplements or other products that can get your account banned from Facebook entirely.

Never give strangers access to your social media accounts. Not only can they post harmful material under your name, they also can easily gain access to your sensitive personal information.

Beware of easy-money schemes. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a company promises to pay you for doing nothing, there’s probable a catch.

Never install an unknown program on your computer. This can download malware onto your computer, giving scammers access to all the personal information they need to commit identity theft.

To stay alert and avoid falling for scams, read www.BBB.org/ScamTips. If you have been a victim of a scam, report it on www.BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your report can help other consumers to protect themselves and their loved ones from similar scams.

Visit www.bbb.org/canton or call 330-454-9401 to look up a business, file a complaint, write a customer review, read tips, follow us on social media and more.


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