Various Facebook posts that feature photographs of young people with disabilities beg you to share to prove that you are not ashamed of the pictured youngsters. Other versions claim that nobody likes the people depicted in the images because they are disabled and, therefore, nobody will share their posts.
The posts are the work of callous and contemptible Facebook users that are simply trying to garner attention and promote themselves by tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting. The images featured in these scam posts are stolen from other sources and used without the permission of the people they depict. The posts are extremely demeaning and disrespectful to the people shown in the stolen pictures. If one of these posts comes your way, do not help the disgusting scammers who create them by liking, sharing, or commenting.
One current version of this nasty scam (see first example below) uses stolen images of the inspirational Australian athlete, motivational speaker, and author Turia Pitt. Turia suffered severe burns when she was caught in a grass fire in 2011. For the record, Turia is currently 32 years old, not 35 as claimed in the scam post.
Editor’s Note: In this version, the scammers have stolen a photograph of a non-disabled young woman from another website and manipulated it so that the girl appears to be an amputee.
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Most of us who use Facebook will have likely seen at least a few posts like those shown above. These posts, which feature a photograph depicting a young person with some form of physical disability such as an amputation, attempt to goad us into sharing, liking, or commenting in support of the pictured people.
Some of the posts beg you to share to show that you are not ashamed of the pictured people because of their disability. Others suggest that nobody likes the youngsters due to their disability and that is why nobody will share or like their images. Still others ask that you share because the pictured people believe themselves to be ugly because of their disabilities. Many versions beg you to add the comment “Amen” as well as share.
Many kind-hearted Facebook users do like, share, and comment on such posts because they honestly believe that, by doing so, they are showing empathy and support for the young people in the pictures. But, alas, those who choose to participate are in fact playing directly into the hands of the utterly contemptible individuals who create such posts. These immoral and self-serving people steal the photographs from other sources for use in their fraudulent posts. The photographs are used without the permission or knowledge of the people they depict. And, of course, the messages suggesting that the pictured people need your shares and likes is a callous lie.
The scammers create these fake begging posts just to promote themselves on Facebook. If you share one of these scam posts, you are ensuring that many other people will see the post as well. And, liking and commenting will help promote the post even further. Such free promotion across the network will earn the scammers a lot of new attention. The scammers will thus gain many new likes and followers. They can then promote their material – and launch further scams – to a now much larger potential audience.
These begging posts are extremely demeaning and disrespectful to the people shown in the stolen pictures. The youngsters shown in the images certainly do not need to be validated via your responses to a pathetic share-begging Facebook post. They do not need a bunch of useless Facebook shares and likes to bolster their self-worth.
The scammers steal images from social media profiles, news reports, and various online galleries. Some of the images used depict elite Paralympic athletes.
And, the scammers sometimes even steal images of non-disabled people and manipulate the images in Photoshop to make it appear that the subject has a missing limb.
The pathetic people who perpetrate these fake posts are beneath contempt. They deserve only our condemnation and derision. But, the best way to deal with these people is to ignore them totally. Do not share, like or comment on their bogus posts. They crave attention above all else. Ensure that you give them none.