Better Business Bureau of central Indiana warns of Facebook like-farming scam

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 7, 2015) - The Better Business Bureau of central Indiana is warning you to think twice before liking a Facebook page, so you don't fall victim to like-farming.

"People will put out there a very heart-wrenching story, a story about a person with cancer, and it really pulls at your heartstrings," said Tim Maniscalo, president of the BBB of central Indiana. "What they’re trying to do is get you to like the story and then re-post it."

"Then what they’ll do is take all that information, strip it away and use that information to promote or to solicit other types of things like products or services that you may not necessarily want," said Maniscalo. "So it’s basically a way to get names and information so they can promote other things."

The scammers then gain access to any information you share about yourself on your personal Facebook page, such as your email or phone number.

Maniscalo says his office put out the warning because other BBB's across the country are reporting seeing like-farming in their communities right now and it's likely happening in central Indiana.

The problem with like-farming is it's not all that obvious and can be hard to catch because there certainly are true, heart-wrenching stories out there. But Maniscalo says if you get an unsolicited page invitation or an invite from someone you don't know or trust, think twice before you click the like button.

If this happens to you, let the BBB of Central Indiana know right away at (317) 488-2222 or 1-866-463-9222.

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