The dangers of ‘like farming’ on Facebook

If you like something on Facebook, you may wind up hating it. That’s the word from several Better Business Bureaus around the country.

Scammers are using something called Facebook like farming to make money off you, and in some cases, steal your information.

You can like things your friends post on Facebook, but you should pay close attention before tapping the thumbs up or one of the new Facebook reactions. Several websites prey on people’s curiosity.

Sometimes we hit the like button just to show our friends we saw their post, but every like is likely to prompt a click. And many of the stories with intriguing headlines are fakes. The more visits they get, the more money they make from advertising, and spammers will l do just about anything to get the click —even stealing photos to use with their story.

They used a photo taken from a newspaper of a new mom and her baby. It was the announcement of the first baby born in a town in Connecticut. The scammers used the photo to run alongside a bogus story about a woman who’d given birth to 14 children; each by a different father. The story was not true.

Facebook users liked, shared and clicked the story thousands upon thousands of times, seeing the fake article on a website connected to it.

Sure, you may think there’s no harm and that you’re just lining the pockets of scammers, but sometimes those pages you like or click can install malware on your computer that’ll search for personal information, such as passwords and credit cards. Instead of "liking" things like this, report them to Facebook.

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