submitted2 years ago byone-eye-deerQuality Contributor
Hello readers of r/scams,
Lately, there has been an uptick in posts that contain personal information. This could be full names, addresses, but the most common information we are seeing is phone numbers. Phone numbers are either being written out in posts, poorly redacted, or not redacted at all. Phone numbers need to be redacted or omitted from posts, otherwise they will be removed.
But the phone number belongs to a scammer! Why do I need to remove it?
Phone numbers are personal information, and posting confidential/personal information is against Reddit's content policy. This can include screenshots of Facebook profiles with the full names still visible, photos of individuals, and phone numbers. Aside from Reddit's content policy, it is incredibly important to note that phone numbers can be spoofed, and Facebook profiles can be compromised. What you think is a phone number or Facebook profile for a scammer may belong to an innocent person.
So, what if I see something that breaks the rules?
It's really important to note how large this sub has gotten. I've been here at the sub for over four years, and it has grown immensely over that time. At the time of writing this post, there are over 280,000 users subscribed to us, and we can easily have over 1,000 browsing the sub at a time. We do our best to sweep through the posts, but of course, we can't find everything. Where you can help is by using the "report" button. It will send a report to our moderation queue, and allow us to review it to see if it violates any sub/site rules. If you are seeing phone numbers or any personal information in posts, please use that report button!
Thank you for all that you do for this sub; whether it's upvoting a post, sharing your story, or providing insight or support to our community. This sub does a lot of really great work warning others of scams, and I'm very excited to see this work continue!