Just when I think the scammers on Facebook have reached rock bottom, they manage to come up with an even more despicable scam.
This ugly “sick child” scam makes the rounds from time to time, and unfortunately it’s back again.
It always works something like this…
The scammer posts a stolen photo of a suffering child lying in a hospital bed and claims that every Like and Share will result in a donation to help the child’s parents pay for a life-saving procedure that they cannot afford.
But beware, it’s nothing more than a huge scam.
These posts are designed to tug at the heartstrings and cause thousands of unsuspecting and well-intentioned Facebook users to “Like” and “Share” the posts.
After the posts go viral and collect tons of likes and shares the scammer swaps out the photos with different ones that are designed to either separate those same unsuspecting users from their hard-earned money or download malware onto their computers.
To add insult to injury, when you share these posts it simply spreads the scams on to your friends, your friends’ friends, and beyond.
This screenshot is an example of what you need to be on the lookout for:
The photos used in these scams are real photos of a real children who were indeed extremely ill or gravely injured when the photos were taken.
The scammers steal these heart-rending images from legitimate websites and Facebook profiles and use them to scam Facebook users out of their hard-earned money and/or plant malware on their computers and mobile devices.
As you can see, this truly is one of the most despicable scams ever devised.
Bottom line: If you see a post like this one pop up in your Newsfeed, delete it immediately before your friends have a chance to see it and click on it.
While it’s certainly commendable to feel bad for a suffering child, liking and sharing these kinds of posts doesn’t help them in any way. All it does is allow the scammers to exploit them in pursuit of ill-gotten gains.
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