Misleading ads on Facebook employ common scam tactic | #socialmedia | #cybersecurity | #infosecurity | #hacker

Facebook ads featuring clips of President Joe Biden and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claim to offer hundreds of dollars to US drivers in exchange for their zip code. But the footage used in the ads is unrelated to such an offer, inaccurately tying it to the government, and the National Consumers League warns individuals against interacting with suspicious offers on social media.

“This was highlighted on the news yesterday,” says a December 30, 2021 Facebook ad. “My close friend sent a text to me this morning and told me about the news for drivers. All I did was enter my zip to confirm my driving details and now I am getting $725. It only took 70 seconds! Just Enter Zip.”

A screenshot of a Facebook post taken on January 10, 2022

AFP found multiple iterations of the ad being run by the same Facebook page, “Citizen Save Trust,” all posted on the same date.

The ads includes a short clip of Psaki saying: “People can expect to start seeing direct deposits hit their back accounts as early as this weekend. This is, of course, just the first wave.” Below it, another shows Biden signing a document.

But keyword searches through the White House archives and AFP’s production confirmed that the clips are in no way linked to any recent governmental program offering money to US drivers, contrary to what the posts suggest.

The video of Psaki is taken from a March 11, 2021 press briefing. She was referring to the stimulus checks that were part of the coronavirus relief bill signed by the president that month. The full video can be found here, and the transcript of the press briefing can be found here.

The clip of Biden can be found here, ..

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