Here’s how to avoid duct cleaning scams on Facebook
If you are on Facebook, chances are that you belong to at least one local buy-sell group in your area. I am a member of at least a dozen of these local groups in Northern Colorado. Since I am a member of so many of these groups and I have seen many people in these groups take interest in these scams, I feel compelled to warn you about them. In fact, I have seen over half a dozen of these Facebook duct cleaning scam posts in classified groups today and it’s not even noon yet.
Some of these scammers have gotten really good at making their classified posts look legit. I’ve even been curious as to how their scam works, so I tell them I am interested and see what they do. More often than not they will ask for a hefty deposit upfront, they will ask for personal information, or they will tell you to call them so they can gather information from you and get you to say the word “yes”. Of course, you won’t get your ducts cleaned.
Some of these scammers will even ask you to give certain personal information on a provided link that doesn’t even link to a business. There are some key factors that stand out above the rest when it comes to deciphering whether or not the post is a scam. Here is what to look out for.
Easy ways to tell if you are getting scammed
The post says “Believe my work not my words. This is not a scam“. If they have to say it’s not a scam, it’s a scam.
They refuse to provide a company name in the classified post. Legitimate businesses want their name out to the public to showcase their services.
Scammers provide a company name via a personal message such as “Duct Cleaning Colorado” or “Duct Cleaners”. Very generic and impossible to find on Google since, after all, it’s not a legit business.
The occasionally provided phone number on these scam posts cannot be found via Google or other search engines.
The Facebook account is days to weeks old. In most cases, their names do not match the user names in the URL. To me, this is one of the biggest and easiest red flags to spot when it comes to a scam.
Their Facebook profile is locked down tighter than Fort Knox. No friends, posts, photos can be seen.
Their occupation says they work at Facebook Marketplace.
The scammer uses the word “kindly”. Example: Kindly message me to have our service.
These days it seems that the scams online can be harder to tell what is real and what is not. With a little due diligence, you can easily tell if it is a legit business or not. You just need to know what to look out for. If you are in the market to have the ducts cleaned in your home, find a reputable company that will provide the services you are looking to have done. It’s always better to be safe, rather than sorry when it comes to your money and the possibility of identity theft.