Imagine you're looking for a car, or a house. Now these are pretty big purchases no? Or let's say you were just lookig for an electrical device such as a laptop, camera or phone.
You mention this to a few friends and before long someone pops along and offers you exactly what it is you're looking for. But wait...
Are they Legitimate?
They approached you. Remember this? Yes, you asked some friends but you weren't pointed to their office or business location. You weren't even offered their website. Why?
Typically when you're looking for something you'd use Google perhaps or another search engine but unfortunately for many unsuspecting buyers they are simply too trusting and believe what they're told so we'd like to make the following suggestions to help you protect yourself from unscrupulous Facebook Fakes.
Check Out Their Website
Ask them, do they actually have a website. Many legitimate companies don't have one either and this on its own doesn't mean they're a fake but it's a warning sign for sure.
With a website, just like a physical business, comes a registration. For example you can look up the actual owner of a business by simply putting in the domain name on this website: go to www.whois.com/whois/[insert domain name here]. Under "Legal registrant" you'll see who the website is registered to.
It's possible that the website is registered to their web designer and not them. Again, nota negative signal as this is quite common but if the domain has domain privacy enabled then we'd certainly be curious as to why and what they might have to hide.
Ask To See Them At Their Office
Again, not a 100% method of ensuring that the business is in fact genuine as many businesses are mobile but it's still a sure fire way of chacking up on a business and seeing if it is legitimate.
Many of our clients themselves have no office as they are out visiting clients most of the day.
Do They Insist on using facebook?
If they insist on using Facebook to communicate and display links to their Facebook page to show you products and services then we would respectfully suggest that they're probably not legitimate and it's unlikely they ever will be.
Don't Lose Your Money
Gut feeling, instinct and the above brief checklist should all help you protect yourself from facebook fakes. We hope it helps and if there's anyone you're not too sure about why not ask us to help do some research for you, we'd be happy to.