FB Ad Paused, Adwords Lesson Resumed

Last Update: April 11, 2019

Today, I got something to share with you guys, and it's not quite inspiring but rather, annoying. But you guys need to hear something like this in order for you to be aware this is happening.

Just this morning, right after my login at Facebook, I was greeted by an annoying message that goes like this...

What is annoying with this message from Facebook is, they told me they're trying to access funds in my fan page account and were not able to do so because the card that's associated with the account is either expired or not valid.

Truth is, I intentionally put there an expired credit card.

It is fortunate of me that I put an expired card there or else, I've been charged without my consent. Maybe, I have figured out early on that this gonna happen.

I used to spend money in Facebook ads. When I disassociated myself with the online marketing company that's selling herbal coffee on the Internet, I paused my ad and decided to just do blogging promoting WA affiliate marketing.

Facebook Tricking Its Customers

Just recently, I received a message from Facebook notifying me that they now have a new policy on anti-discrimination and that as a fan page owner I have to agree with the new policy.

Obeying, I ticked the check box and agreed to the policy.

To my shock, there was a message from Facebook telling me they were not able to bill my account because my card is expired.


"A charge for just ticking the check box?"

That puzzled me. I didn't know someone could be charged $30 for just agreeing with the new anti-discrimination policy.

What I suspect to have happened there is, upon agreeing to the new policy, my inactive ad got activated automatically without my knowledge.

And that's outrageous!

Then, it got repeated again and again, including this morning, and I guess, it won't stop. I am just ignoring the message.

There was even a time the fan page that's associated with the ad got unpublished by me, and still the attempt continued. Imagine, being charged for an ad in a page that's unpublished?

Has this Facebook lost his mind?

It's so disgusting, so disgusting that the event triggered me to resume my lessons in Google Adwords via our WA Affiliate Bootcamp here.

We're fortunate we have alternatives. Let's see if this one is better than the other.


Yours in progress,

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Nqueen Premium
Good for you, you changed the card details, imagine how much they would have ripped you off of.

My advice is dint just ignore it, teach out to whoever is in charge and demand an explanation to why they jeep trying to charge you for inactive ads.
I am sure they will be the ones apologising at the end of the day, afterall they are not blind, they know it's inactive.

Keep is posted on how it goes

GomMagtibay Premium
Yes. In fact, I tried submitting a report this morning, the report was sent, I am still waiting for their response.

I was advised by our fellows here to not ignore this because, my account might get shut down. Now that I did my part, then there will be no reason to say I ignored it.
accad Premium
So far there were times I tried to have Facebook Ads but knowing that it's more than a hundred pesos I did not resume.
GomMagtibay Premium
It's too expensive now, unlike before. And add to that, we can see a more "money hungry" Facebook now, just like what happened to me. They were trying to charge me for an inactive ad in an unpublished fan page.
accad Premium
I hope they will not ban anybody who will not respond to their notice.
GomMagtibay Premium
I submitted a report few days ago, but unfortunately, I haven't received any response from them up to now...
accad Premium
Facebook is confused.
ExpatMark Premium
Facebook has gotten too big for its britches and they need to be checked. Suppressing free speech is just the tip of the iceberg. I seem to hear stories like this ever more frequently. I avoid FB like the plague. FB would have fit in nicely with Communist Russia.

vmccarthy Premium
FB is definitely changing but it’s still one of the best ways to advertise. I would contact someone in FB to straighten this out because they will close down your account. They closed down mine one time when I was in the middle of an ad campaign and it took a long time to straighten it out. I just opened a new account in my husband’s name while I was waiting to clear it up, much to my husband’s dismay, haha. I notice FB keeps closing down my shared posts on my personal account. I think I’m on the wrong side of their opinion. Anyways, I’m going to start Google ads as well but I wonder if they are more of the same. Good Luck!
ExpatMark Premium
I am on the wrong side of Zuck's opinion quite often. That is why is am usually in FB jail. I will never spend one penny on FB.

GomMagtibay Premium
Okay. I appreciate your advice. Maybe I really have to discuss the matter with them and ask why they keep on trying to get money from me when the ad is inactive and it is in an unpublished page.
davehayes Premium
Sorry to hear of your troubles and it's another reason I don't use it, and especially since its owner knowingly sold our details without knowing what they were being used for.
AaronGriffin Premium
Sorry to hear that. FB can definitely be annoying. I used to "boost" my pages on my tech website even tho back then I had no clue what I was doing. Lol

I would create a budget and boost my page to promote my website and blogs (again I had no idea what I was doing.) so, I would reach my budget and the about a week later after the campaign ended I would see an additional charge. It wasn't much, but it was there, and unexpected.

With this frustration and fear of FB charging me whatever and whenever they wanted too, I decided to remove my bank card account associated with FB.

Luckily I haven't been charged since. Knowing what I know now I wouldn't have ever done this. Boosting a post is silly in my opinion. I did it because I wanted traffic to my site.

Now if I (ever decide) to use FB again it would be through the Ad campaigns and it would be a proper ad. Not a boost to a post.

Not sure if its the same thing as running an Ad. To boost a post, but I would much rather create an Ad.

Just thought I would share my experience with you and I hope you figure out the Ad Words.

All the best Coach.

Aaron G.
Griffin Lifestyle

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GomMagtibay Premium
Good tips, and thanks for that. Yes, not to boost a post. It's a waste of resources.
JaneMahlehle Premium
Sorry about that bad experience with FB.
All the best with your PPC training
LouiseBT Premium
Wow! That is cheeky. Surely you can report this somehow - within Facebook or to an online ombudsman of sorts? I had something similar happen, though not with Facebook, and my bank were unable to stop it (go figure!) and the only way I could stop the debits was to close my bank account! No-one could even tell me where the debits were coming from!
Great to know we have alternatives, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing.
GomMagtibay Premium
It's a good thing I changed the source of fund earlier, to an expired credit card. The result is, no fund can be extracted. lol
SondraM Premium
That is a great idea about using a card with expired number.

Your story makes me happy that I don't have time to figure out how to use Facebook.