Popular Facebook posts could be from scammers

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. While Facebook posts that pop up in your news feed with millions of likes and shares might be tempting to click on, technology experts warn they could come with consequences.

"If you don't know anything about the people, anything about the group that's doing it, don't feel compelled to like just because everyone else is doing it," said Adam Cochran, a mass communications professor at Colorado Mesa University.

If you don't know the source of the post, it could be a scammer trying to get the attention and information of Facebook users.

They often use emotional pictures or stories to lure people in that might not even be true, Cochran said.

"The most recent one was a boy that was shot by his stepfather trying to save his six-year-old sister from getting raped," said Megan Marakis, who shares popular Facebook posts. "They were trying to get money for a surgery."

Cochran recommended checking your Facebook security settings to let as little information be available to the public as possible.

"Once they get you to like something then they have you," he said. "They can put more information up. They can put fake links up. They can change what their account does and turn it into a spam account that spreads advertising."

Although you can't get viruses directly from Facebook, you can from clicking links in posts, so avoiding those can save you the hassle of getting your computer cleaned up later.

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