CINCINNATI -- Like....share....and win!
That's what more and more Facebook posts are asking you to do.
It seems everyone wants us to "like" a page or post on Facebook these days (OK, I admit I am guilty too).
"It pops up every day. Your friend likes this, or your friend sent you this," one woman said.
Now, thousands of people are liking a Facebook post for a chance to win a $2,000 diamond ring, just in time for Christmas.
Downtown workers Kathy Currington and Phyllis Willke found the post on their feed the other day.
"Yes, I saw that," Currington said. "I didn't respond."
But many others are.
Why Everyone is Sharing it
Different versions of the post have different dates, though there do not seem to be postings listing past winners.
Thousands of people are liking and sharing the post, some saying "what's the harm, LOL."
But you may not be laughing out loud when you find out where your information is going.
What Can Happen When You Click
The Better Business Bureau says this is known as "Like" farming.
The BBB says while it not a true scam, marketers set up temporary Facebook pages, and get you to like and share them to win something.
When they hit 10,000 or more likes, they then sell the page to other marketers or scammers, who then hit you with ads, offers, even malware.
Other farming pages have promoted free iPhones and free airline tickets.
The "Satisfashion" post takes you to a Facebook jewelry website supposedly in England, but with no known address, or contact information, just a new diamond giveaway every month.
So while it sure is appealing, remember that a simple Facebook like -- just like a diamond -- can be forever.
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