A new warning goes out to the tender-hearted people who frequent Facebook. Chances are you have probably seen something like this on your Facebook feed – a friend shares a heartbreaking photo of a baby or a teenager with a life-threatening illness. The post urges you to “like,” “comment,” or “share.”  It’s a scam that’s going viral – emotional Facebook posts begging to be liked and shared.  

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But experts are warning folks that not all of these emotional posts are real. In fact, such fake posts are part of a scam called “like-farming.” They can put your computer security at risk, or your personal data if you donate.

Here are a few things you can look for that fake posts have in common:

  • The post claims someone has cancer or other serious disease and needs money for surgery.
  • It claims Facebook “has decided to help,” by donating a certain amount of money for “likes,” “comments,” or “shares.”
  • It typically asks a Facebook user to comment “Amen,” at the end of the post.

If you suspect a scam, contact Facebook immediately, so it can delete the post.