Stop It! Tyler Perry Is Not Giving Away Free Money!
By now, you’ve no doubt seen the posts hollering about all the free money Tyler Perry is giving away.
IT’S FAKE NEWS! IT’S NOT TRUE! AND IT’S DANGEROUS!
The technical phrase for this type of posting is called “like-farming”
Scammers (including Russian hackers) use “like-farming” tactics to take advantage of a Facebook user’s interaction to either collect and sell information about you and all the friends that you share with as a gateway to collecting more personal information — like passwords or credit card numbers. In short, you are putting yourself and your entire friends list in harm’s way by liking and sharing these fake posts.
Many of these scam posts will point you to some type of online survey site with promises of riches. By getting you to share the post, the scammer is increasing his or her reach to even more potential victims. If it’s too late and you’ve already shared the post, you should immediately remove it from your page and post an apology to your friends letting them know that you do not endorse the post.
With the November elections right around the corner, we should all be wary of fake news and stories on social media, especially Facebook.
If you know of someone who has shared the Tyler Perry Post or one similar, please tag them with this article.