Sunday, March 27, 2016

Facebook Posts Asking You to Type ‘Amen’ To Help Children or Animals Are Like-Farming Scams

I appreciate the caring behind the "amens", but actually they do nothing to help the people shown. What would help is volunteer work or donations to organizations that actually help them. And voting for those who would bring universal affordable health care, like other advanced countries have.

By Brett M. Christensen On November 24, 2015

According to a would-be warning message that is currently circulating rapidly via social media, you should not enter ‘amen’ under Facebook posts about children, animals, or old people because the posts are from hackers. The message warns that typing ‘amen’ will allow ‘foreign men’ to hack your Facebook account. Supposedly, all such hacker ‘amen’ posts are distributed by these ‘foreign men’.

In fact, you should NOT type ‘amen’ in posts like those described in the warning. But not for the reasons outlined in the message. Such posts are not from hackers that can somehow magically hijack your account just because you comment. Instead, posts claiming that you can help a pictured child or animal by liking, sharing, and commenting ‘amen’ are like-farming scams. The images used in these scam posts are stolen from other websites and used without permission. Typing ‘amen’ and sharing the posts will do nothing whatsoever to help the pictured child or animal.

Sometimes, the posts are used as an underhand method of promoting bands, actors, businesses, or other entities. And, a Facebook page that distributes one of these fake ‘amen’ posts can gather a great many new likes in a short time. The Page can then be used to post further scam messages, this time to a much larger audience. Alternatively, the page can be sold to other scammers via the black market.


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