- “Share this post to enter” is not allowed on Facebook.
Neither is “Tag your friends to enter”. If either of these are listed, it’s almost definitely fake. I’m telling the truth – check it out … Facebook Page Guidelines, Rule E.3.
- Company or Community?
Any post that says “FREE” always has a catch. Free Flights, Cruises, Computers. They’re out there. Beware … Double check if they’re legit by clicking on the page name. If it says “Community” under the title, it’s almost definitely fake.
- Check the date. If they’ve only joined in the past few days, it’s (again) almost definitely fake.
- Tick the boxes.
Most Facebook Hoax “competitions” tick these three boxes. If you’ve already done it, just undo your like of their page and delete the shared post. Then go to their page and click the three dots button in the header (just next to “Message”). From the drop-down select “It’s Spam or Scam”. Then take their advice on the next screen and “Hide All”. Click done and forget about these scum.
- Why would they do it?
It’s a digital world – why would someone want YOU to like / share THEIR info? It’s all about money. They might want to build a page’s follower numbers to sell it. They may want to send you sales messages. I don’t know. I’m not an evil SOB who makes these click-bait pages. I just know how to avoid them.
- Big Brother Paranoia 101
“All you have to do is like our page and share our post” – does this allow them access to your account? I don’t know. I’m not that clever. I’d just prefer it if they didn’t have the opportunity.
- If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.