Spammers cashing in on your Facebook actions

TULSA - Just by liking a picture or post you could be sending spam on its way to trick others -- social media spam,using your actions for profit.

We've all seen them: Pictures with tens of thousands of "likes" and a caption that promises something amazing for posting a certain word, phrase or just hitting the "like" button on the post.

The Better Business Bureau warns they're just a way for shady businesses to make money off your actions on Facebook.

One post features a man on a cliff in front of a bear.  The poster urges people to comment "jump" and sit back to see what happens. 

Thousands of people did.  Nothing happened, except the spammers page ranking with Facebook got a big boost.  The higher the ranking the more likely the spammers can sell the page.

A similar ploy:  A photo of a sick child with a caption saying every "like" equals a dollar donation.  It's not the case.  It's spam.

So keep scrolling and you can report them when you see them by reporting the post as spam. 

Print this article Back to Top

Comments