Watch out for Facebook scams
If you receive a message written in Faroese from Facebook, Instagram and other social media companies, it makes good sense to be sceptical.
The messages, some of which came through Messenger and some through email, ask people to e.g. change their passwords or enter their payment card details.
”You should be on high alert if you receive a message in Faroese from one of the large social media firms,” says Jákup Brúsá, an IT professional who specialises in social media.
“These companies do not have Faroese staff, so if you get a message written in Faroese, you can be pretty sure it’s been translated by AI. You should also be careful if it’s written in Danish.”
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He offers two simple ways of determining whether a message is real or fake:
1. Unless you initiate a chat with Facebook support, Meta/Facebook will never send you messages through its Messenger app, and they will never tag you in any posts. Any messages will come through email.
2. If you receive an email which appears to come from a large corporation like Meta/Facebook, always check the email address. Facebook only uses the following domain names: @fb.com, @facebook.com and @facebookmail.com. If the domain name is something more random-looking like @facebookehelpsupport.com or @getyourfacebookaccountback.com, it makes good sense to ignore it.
Hear more in this radio interview (in Faroese).
More Faroese News in English.