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Warning! You Could Be Helping Scammers By “Liking” Things On Facebook

Submitted by on October 29, 2012 – 10:04 amOne Comment

Do you hate cancer? Do you want to help stop bullying? Do you want world peace? Well, then go ahead and click that “Like” button on Facebook so that we know your feelings are real! After all, more than 75,000 other people have done it and, as a result, the post you’re looking at right now shot to the top of your Facebook feed. So, it’s gotta be a real Facebook page that’s helping to fight cancer, bullying, or violence around the world, right? Er, right?!?

Actually, no. By “liking” pages like that on Facebook, you’re not really doing anything. You’re not helping any organizations. You’re not helping any people out there. And, while you are promoting your views on certain things to your Facebook friends, you’re actually doing them a huge disservice by promoting those types of posts into their Facebook feeds. And, why are you doing them a disservice? Well, because those kinds of posts are actually created by scammers who turn around and sell posts that have a lot of likes to large corporations. Pages that have 100,000 likes on them can go for as much as $200, because companies know that Facebook’s algorithms will give whatever they use the posts for a boost since they have so many “likes.” It’s sneaky business.

So, the next time you see a post that asks you a question like, “Do you wish you could have a million dollars?” do yourself—and your friends—a favor and ignore it. It’s not going to get you rich. It’s not going to enter you into some secret lottery. And, it’s not going to do you or anyone you know any good. All it’s going to do is make some money for some scammer out there. So, show how much you “dislike” those scammers by putting a stop to their posts and looking past them when you see them.

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