Attack of the Facebook fatties

Weight loss spammers are attacking my Facebook Page and millions of others. And guess what – the spammers are winning.

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The point of all this is to separate you from your cash at the rate of $50 a month. Whether it separates you from your poochy tummy is another story. (I wouldn’t bet on it.) What’s in it for the spammers? Some $45 to $75 in affiliate payouts every time some sucker signs up for this. Which explains why in just a cursory Google search I found literally millions of other Facebook pages that had been spammed with exactly the same message.

The thing to do, of course, is to immediately report the spammy accounts that posted these links. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do this. The right way is to click the little x in the upper right corner of the comment that says “Hide as Spam.” You’ll then need to click “delete this comment” in the text that appears below, report it as abusive, and/or ban the user from commenting in the future.

 

The wrong way to do it is to go to the spammer’s account and try to report them. That gets you stuck in an endless loop -- essentially the same Catch 22 readers of TY4NS encountered when they tried to report a fake profile masquerading as them. All the faker has to do is block the person they’re impersonating, and there’s little they can do to stop them.

What have we learned from all this? Two things: a) there’s a sucker born every minute who thinks he can lose weight without exercising, and b) in the war between Facebook and spammers, the spammers are winning. But maybe you knew that already.

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