| Sean MacEntee
Scammers post images on Facebook for people to “like,” ask users to share a photo of a child with an illness or to click a link to stop cancer.
The charity hoax usually involves asking Facebook users to share a picture of children who are starving or sick in a hospital. The picture is accompanied with a message saying that Facebook will donate a certain amount, such as $1, for each share or “like” to help the children in the pictures. But Facebook has never promised to donate.
Scammers can also make money by accumulating “likes” and selling them for cash to businesses who want to make their pages look popular. In one case, Facebook users are asked to click a link, such as one that says “Click This if You Hate Cancer.”