Social media, as a shopping platform, has enabled thousands of small and large businesses to reach new customers and remain stable in the face of economic uncertainty, pandemic lockdowns, and technological disruption. 

However, the rate of shopping scams on social media platforms is on the rise, affecting thousands of people across the globe every year. These scams erode the credibility of social media platforms as a reliable place to shop and cost private citizens billions of dollars. 

Content Science has gathered some of the most pertinent information on the rise of these scams, how they operate, and what’s being done to eliminate them from popular social media platforms: 

The State of Social Media Shopping Scams  

Online scams are nothing new, but social media shopping scams grow more numerous and damaging every year. These scams purposely target vulnerable populations such as the elderly and financially insecure. 

  • Online Shopping Scams
    The Better Business Bureau reports that 40% of online shopping scams originate on Facebook or Instagram


What’s Being Done 

More world governments than ever realize the danger social media shopping scams pose to their citizens. From technological intelligence investments to establishing dedicated subcommittees, governments the world over are fighting back against scammers. 


The Author

Content Science partners with the world’s leading organizations to close the content gap in digital business. We bring together the complete capabilities you need to transform or scale your content approach. Through proprietary data, smart strategy, expert consulting, creative production, and one-of-a-kind products like ContentWRX and Content Science Academy, we turn insight into impact. Don’t simply compete on content. Win.

This article is about



We invite you to share your perspective in a constructive way. To comment, please sign in or register. Our moderating team will review all comments and may edit them for clarity. Our team also may delete comments that are off-topic or disrespectful. All postings become the property of
Content Science Review.

Events, Resources, + More

State of Content Webinar Recording

It’s the best and worst of content times for content, from the potential of generative AI to the destruction of misinformation.

The Ultimate Guide to End-to-End Content

Discover the power, benefits, and opportunities of an end-to-end content strategy with this comprehensive white paper.

The Content Advantage Fifth Anniversary

Celebrate the fifth-year anniversary of The Content Advantage, the top-rated book empowering professionals to better their content.

Upskill with Content Science Academy

Get practical training for modern content roles through on-demand certifications, live webinars, + comprehensive workshops.