We all know how useful the “like” button can be on Facebook. We can quickly “like” a photo, article, news piece or business. By “liking” a website, business, product, or service we can keep up to date with information as well as help to promote them, we can even get free products, coupons and samples with the every useful “like” button. But unfortunately far too often, what you “like” will turn into something you and your friends will really dislike!
The latest – though not so greatest viral like button scams on Facebook went crazy just this week. Within moments thousands of people had “liked” many of these so called videos, “This American Guy must be stoned to death for doing this to a Girl, OMG Look what happens when father and daughter meet on chat and You will never text again after seeing this video.
They are pretty compelling “ads” after all when you see the image of a man pulling a girl by her hair you almost can’t stop from pressing that like button or clicking on the “link” to find out what it is all about. For those who are looking for relationships online, meeting a sibling, parent or other family member in a dating chat could happen. What is even more convincing about these scams is the (NO SURVEYS) statement, because Facebook users are becoming more savvy about the click this survey that scam.
After clicking on the link Facebook-ers all over the world were led to a page that offers a “video” clicking on the video accomplishes nothing and many think, oh well it doesn’t work. Oh but it did! It did exactly what it was supposed to do, you visited the site and now this goes viral on your update/status bar and is sent to all your friends.
Though no real damage appears to be done, this time it is still as waste of time and providing these “like-jackers” with access to your Facebook page. Now you have to go into your settings and remove that too, while sharing with all your friends and family that it was a “scam” and please don’t click on the link, a link that many of them have already liked!
Bottom line – don’t touch that like button or link unless you know where it came from and take the time to do a minute of research on the statement before you touch that mouse.