A number of Facebook posts are circulating that claim that if you ‘like’ a picture and then type a number or a word ‘something will happen’ to the picture.
A great many people who see the posts obey the instructions in the vain hope of seeing the image miraculously change in some way.
Here is what happens if you do like the picture and type the specified word or number. Absolutely nothing whatsoever! The image will not change in any way.
These posts are just callous and rather lame attempts to garner attention. By creating one of these silly posts, sad and desperate little Facebook users can trick a lot of people into liking, sharing, and commenting on their material, thereby promoting their Facebook Page or Profile across the network.
By using such a ruse, the scammers are then able to bludgeon their increasingly large audience with even more of the inane drivel that they typically post.
Or, if they manage to accumulate enough likes for a particular Facebook Page, they can sell the Page on the black market to other scammers.
If one of these posts comes your way, don’t be tempted to participate. Remember, nothing will happen to the picture if you like and comment. And anybody who creates and posts one of these fake messages should not be trusted and certainly does not deserve your attention.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!