Like-Farming Scam: Read Before You ‘Like’ Or ‘React’ On A Facebook Story

Like-Farming Scam: Read Before You ‘Like’ Or ‘React’ On A Facebook Story
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It’s normal to read a post on Facebook that touches your heart, that you agree with or that provokes you. How difficult would it be to “like” or “react” to the post or even share that story on your news feed with your friends? It is routine, isn’t it? Read this and know about the Facebook like-farming scam before you like another post on the site.


There have always been rumors saying that based on your activities, Facebook collects data and uses it to personalize the web experience. Even though the social media has been denying the rumors, experts believe otherwise. Now, the news is that most of the positive stories you read and like on Facebook are actually scammers exploiting you. This whole “likes” scam is called “like-farming.”

These days, we see stories asking for support doing the rounds on Facebook. When the social media site had started, this was a rare case, and the sites that we used to share were genuine. But now, there are unknown sites spreading like wildfire on the platform. The reason? Like-farming. People do not care what the actual source is; they just read the titles, open the story and if they like it, they share it. Most of the time, the posts carry only pictures with short write-ups, which spread faster.

But according to a report published on Forbes, “Once a certain threshold is met, the scammer will completely change the post or Facebook Page into products that receive commissions or request credit card numbers.” The report also quoted Better Business Bureau, a non-profit organization, which last year said, “They may also sell the page and information that was collected from the ‘likes’ with a more direct threat of gaining access in an attempt to gather credit card numbers that may be stored for certain Facebook apps, passwords or other personal information.” Now that you know, do not fall prey to like-farming scam. React wisely.

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