Facebook Warns Users: How to Avoid ‘Like This Post, Type Amen’ Scam
Living in the Philippines where majority are Catholics, it is not surprising that Facebook users are easily moved when they see ‘Like this post, type Amen’ posts. But apparently, this noble culture is being abused by a lot of scammers, who victimized not only Filipinos, but also other users worldwide.
So, this Monday, June 15, 2015, Facebook issued a warning to all its users around the world. This move aims to protect everyone from being victimized by filthy scammers online. Unknown to many victims, liking a post and making an action as instructed may result to identity theft or unethical way of making money online.
“We understand that many people are religous. However, it is our responsibility to protect them from any harm. We are not here to suppress their freedom of religion, but rather to avoid them from scammers. This online scam is a huge industry and should be stopped.” Facebook Safety Director Alex Donaldson wrote.
“The public should realize that Liking a post and typing Amen can never cure any disease. If we really want to help, do a thourough research about that person or his family. Find their official Facebook account, and then send them some encouring messages or even money. That’s the best thing to do.” Donaldson added.
According to Donaldson, Facebook scammers use different kinds of emotional stories and photos to attract their victims. Although some of them were true, the involved person and his family do not know that their photos are being stolen, and that no one has asked permission from them to spread their photos online.
Facebook said that most of the photos being used are sick babies, disabled children and adults, victims of cruelty or accident, and religious images as well. Some of them are extremely graphic so attract more attention. Such scam posts usually include the message, “Don’t scroll down without typing Amen.”
Although the victims of some of these Facebook scams do not really pay to visit the malicious links, the advertisers pay these scammers for every visitor sent to their web pages. Nevertheless, there are a lot of them who ask for donations. Simply Liking these posts or typing Amen allows them to become viral.
Since 2012, anti-scam websites have been requesting Facebook to remove suspicious photos and link. As of April 2015, Facebook has more than more than 1.44 billion monthly active users worldwide, where 1.25 billion of them are mobile users. Therefore, the social networking giant might not be able to delete all of them.
However, Faceboook users or group members are requested to report to them if they found nude photos and any inappropriate content. To do so, Click on the down arrow located on the right side of the post. Then, choose “I don’t like this post” or “Report/Mark as Spam.” The succeeding procedures are very easy to follow.
Here at TN, we also respect religious beliefs of all kinds. But as concerned individuals, we support this Facebook warning. If you don’t like the posts you see on Facebook, you can simply ignore them. But if suspect something fishy is going on, it is our responsibility to help others to avoid being victims of scam.
Think a hundred times before you post, click, leave a comment, like and share.