This Facebook fraud case came to my attention from someone who bought my book and contacted me afterwards.



This lady tried to buy a product from a Facebook advert which was originally over £100 and reduced to £74. She proceeded to buy it, the goods never arrived, the advert was deleted and there was no trace of the firm.

Facebook is largely unregulated so any purchases you make via this platform is a risky business in itself.

She thought she was protected by paying with her credit card because the product was over £100. This appears to have been deliberately circumvented by the fraudster by reducing it to £74 to entice her to proceed.

On the face of it, she has lost out because S75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 only applies to purchases over £100. However, she made the purchase using an Asda credit card and that worked in her favour. I have found supermarkets who put their names to credit cards are much more willing to help and resolve disputes than the mainstream providers.


I suggested that she cancels her card immediately under the circumstances and ask the fraud department to raise a ticket to investigate it and try and reverse the transaction.


She was able to resolve it and got a full refund. There is a lesson to be learnt there though, and that is not to make any purchases through Facebook. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Banks need to do more to combat bank fraud, although customers need to help themselves as well. I have also written about Amazon fraud, SIM phone card scams and other types of fraud in this blog.

Have you been caught out by Facebook fraud? If so, what was the outcome?

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