The OMG Facebook Scam: What You Need to Know
A viral Facebook scam that first surfaced about 13 years ago continues to gain traction and is being shared more than ever.
You’ve undoubtedly seen it and it’s always the same. “My God, it really worked!” followed by instructions to copy and paste it into your timeline to remove ads and recover friends.
Absolutely not. There is nothing anyone can do to remove Facebook ads. So why are your Facebook friends still sharing it?
Judging by friends who share it from time to time, they think there is nothing wrong with posting it and ‘why not try it to see if it works?’.
In fact, sharing the post will not install malware or viruses on your computer since you are simply copying and pasting the post.
Here’s the thing: Scammers can use this post to detect gullible Facebook users.
Since everyone is copying and pasting the same post, it’s easy for someone to see who’s posting it. A Facebook search for “OMG, it worked” reveals hundreds of public posts from people spreading the hoax. If a scammer searches, they will find Facebook users who believe in almost anything and can target them with more scams.
Do not you believe it? I found a Facebook user who copied and pasted the post into his timeline. Over the next few days, random people left comments asking him to add them as friends or send them a message. Most of the comments come from scammers who searched “OMG it worked” to find people who would share the post. Scammers assume the guy sharing it (again) is susceptible to other scams.
Do you need more proof? Evan Doris left a comment. When I clicked on her profile I discovered that the profile photo is used by a TikTok account by the name of Evan Katie or Kate, who says she is a billionaire. A search of that name revealed a scam responsible for taking thousands of dollars from victims.
And on Facebookwhen someone commented on Evan Doris’s account, the scammer responded, “Yeah, I’m the only one I chat with you now” and “OK, are you still interested in $2.5 million?”
“It is important to note that the post search shows only posts that were made publicly.”
The bottom line is that “copy and paste” posts are annoying to your friends at best and could make you a target at worst. The publication is a hoax. Don’t fall for it.