The Real Facebook Crime Scene

“The news media and government are all focused on the Facebook crime of invasion of privacy. That’s BS! Users agreed to give their private data away and shame on them for being surprised that they are product.. not the customer (see post).

The media like to focus on the sexy stuff about the fake stories on Facebook. Hey, the idiots who believe that Hilary keeps sex slave children in the basement of a Pizza Parlor that has no basement. That’s not a Facebook crime… that’s an indictment of the intelligence of the 30% of the population who have no ability to think critically. That’s an indictment of our education system.

The real Facebook Crime is the monetizing of crooked advertisements that steal credit card data, cash and defraud facebook members.

There is a company of criminals that advertise the sale of guitars that retail for over $2,000 and offer them for $200. A deal that is too good to be true (see post).

But thankfully, Facebook has a way to report these threats. Isn’t that special?  In the right-hand corner of ever advertisement there are three little dots.  See the scam add below.

When you left-click on those three little dots, Facebook offers the opportunity to report the scoundrels.

And in the last 72 hours I have reported at least 15 of these scam advertisements and here is the response I get from the Facebook crime-enablers.

Did you get that?

“We looked at the ad you reported, and though it does not go against our Ad Policies we understand that such ads are of the kind you may not want to see. We will not show you this ad in future.”

“does not go against our Ad Policies,” Because Facebook is not against theft? I reported a group of criminals who are cheating, stealing, defrauding Facebook users. I have already let Facebook know that I have the ability to think critically and recognize the fraud and what does Facebook do? They don’t kill the ad. They just hide it from someone who knows it’s a fraud while still exposing unsuspecting users to fraud. Users don’t pay Facebook. Thieves do. In this case, the thief is the customer the user is the victim… I mean product.

You see here’s the deal. They’ll block it from me because I know it’s a scam and I won’t generate any revenue for Facebook with the ad. But, they are willing to allow the advertisement to continue to run for people who don’t know it’s a scam. That’s evil! That’s a Facebook Crime scene.

Here’s a less sinister scam advertisement.

Mr. Cranky is a knife freak. I love good chef knives. High-end Japanese knives are treasured by cooks around the world. A good Japanese knife can cost in excess of $1000. So what a special deal to get three Kamikoto Kanpeki knives for $135. In the case of this deal, you’ll get 3 knives and the 3 knives will be worth the $135 you spent. The knife steel is not Japanese. It’s softer than Japenese steel knives. The knives are Chinese and won’t slice as thin and with the precision of a good Japenese knife. They’re just a set of knives. The strategy with this company is to seriously inflate the list price and then get people to scoop them up because they’re getting such a deal.

Not quite as bad as the outright theft by the guitar scammers (By the way, I’m told the same guitar scam company rips people off with power tool websites but the world is safe because Mr. Cranky isn’t into nail guns or drills).

Amazon is a much greater enabler of this knife scam than Facebook for several reasons. 

These knives are worth $135 but on Amazon, you can get these knives that supposedly list at $1,295 for 50% off. Except these knives never sell anywhere near list price. Also, notice the 70 reviews and 4 1/2 star rating? Those reviews are mostly fake. False. BS. Companies are actually buying good Amazon reviews on the dark web.

Hint, before you believe the reviews, you might want to check out Fakespot. Which rates reviews.

Let it be known that Mr. Cranky is not immune to these scams… I had to get burned a few times before I became skeptical. For instance:

I’ve seen these two products on Facebook and bought them right away. The Smart Swab is complete BS… doesn’t do a thing. The Salad Chopper works…. but it’s small and difficult to use. I threw it away after 3 months. These are impulse buys.

Folks, the same rules apply to buy consumer products as they do for investing in companies. Do a little research. Ask yourself a few questions. If the deal is to good to be true. 99.9978349% probably too good to be true.

As far as Facebook is involved they’ll block a nut job, idiot like Alex Jones of Infowars but won’t block outright thieves. Maybe they haven’t figure out how to monetize the nut job but they want the revenue from the thieves.