Cutest Baby Contest Scam: How It Works
If you are a parent, chances are you think your child is the cutest out there. Nothing to be blamed about, we all do it. Unfortunately, scammers know it as well.
The Cutest Baby Contest Scam is targeting parents and grandparents on Instagram and Facebook, same as another notorious one, the Mystery Box Scam. The crooks post this fake competition on Facebook and Instagram and give victims a chance to enter a photo contest for a fee. The scam continues when you are announced (along with all the other few hundred parents who submitted pictures) to be the winner! Then you are given the option to pay another fee in order to get a copy of a “cutest baby” book, with your child on the cover, as the winner.
Needless to say, you won’t receive any book or any refunds. But that’s not all.
How To Avoid The Cutest Baby Scam:
Always beware of emotion-based purchases. Criminals know the softest spot in all of us and are not shy of taking advantage. Don’t fall for the Cutest Baby Contest Scam. All the babies are sweet, you don’t need validation that yours is the cutest. You know it and that’s enough.
How To Report The Cutest Baby scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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