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Facebook Prayers for Shares – Like-Farming Scams

by Brett M. Christensen

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you may well have seen posts that ask you to share an image as a means of garnering prayers for a sick or injured child.

Here’s a typical example:

Prayers for shares scam

Transcript:

Please help share to 5 groups on Facebook so she can get as many prayers as possible. Only heartless will ignore without a share.

In this case, the image features a young child with severe cranial deformation.

At face value, it might seem like the person who created the post is genuinely caring and simply wishes to help the child by encouraging Facebook users to pray for her.
Of course, whether or not you think that prayer might help is dependant on your personal beliefs.

But, either way, you would be wise to question the motivation of the people who create and publish such posts.

Almost always, these posts are designed to do nothing more than gather likes for a particular Facebook profile or page. Their creators care not one iota for the pictured children. Their primary interest is self-promotion and they don’t let ethics or morals hold them back. They are quite willing to steal images of sick and injured children from other websites to use in their scam posts. The scammers use the images without the permission or knowledge of the children’s families. In some cases, the pictured children have died.

Often, the same people who publish these prayers for shares posts also create fake charity scams that falsely claim that Facebook or another company will donate money in exchange for liking and sharing. Again, they steal images of children from elsewhere and their only goal is self-promotion.

Some versions may use images of sick or injured animals instead of children. In other cases, they use stolen images of young adults with disabilities.

Please don’t help the disgraceful and contemptible people who use these tactics. Don’t like or share their bogus prayer or charity posts. Don’t comment. Don’t interact with them in any way.

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Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer