Deception on the Internet: when not to do reposts

Almost every day in social networks are the wave of appeals to repost. Often this action can be useful, but more often frankly fraudulent requests. They can be disguised as a real need for assistance, and gives them except the common slogan: «You don’t reflex, you spread!» You need time to think before clicking.

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Give a gift

In some cases, the Internet fraud prompted by a desire to make a joke or just to get free advertising group «Vkontakte», «Odnoklassniki», or other social network. This is usually a message of this type: «Bought an apartment in Moscow, but go to live in Thai, the apartment I don’t need, give her repost» or «Close the shop, five boxes of iPhones, no place to put them, so we’ll give 30 random subscribers!» When the passion for such shares there is a risk to receive spam or subscribing to paid telephone services. To distinguish the fraudsters from the real raffle is easy: in the latter case, there are clear rules of engagement and terms of delivery.

Do not pass by

«In the hospital of the red cross five floors of orphans, they have no toys and books, need urgent help, they even sweets never eat!» or «In kennel 48 police write off the old dogs! Let’s save them together» — such appeals are, as a rule, can only harm the work of these volunteers. Need to suffer from the annoying attention, and the volunteers no longer be trusted. Information in posts are distorted and in 99% unreliable. What to do? Check out the website of the organization in question (if need help — about it will tell there). Wait a couple of days of denial. In General, do not hurry up and understand. Most likely, this is normal traffic and only want likes «Vkontakte», «Facebook» and «Classmates». Photos and posts can belong and even strangers. By the way, it is impossible to believe and said that the administration of the social network will transfer money to anyone for each like. This is an absolute lie.

To check — simply

«In Russia banned lace panties», «Deputies adopted a law against fast food», «Schoolchildren will be obliged to pass an examination on the Bible» — epatazhnoe and scandalous than the title, the less likely that information has real implications. It is easy to check by opening any available database of legislative acts. If in the post there is no reference to the number and date of the decree or order is not necessary to do not only repost, but generally believe it is written. It is likely that the instigators are not just trying to scare subscribers and manipulate public opinion in an obscure order.

Teach materiel

Regularly write «Vkontakte», «Facebook» or «Odnoklassniki» promise of extraordinary phenomena. The Moon will be just 100 km from the Earth, the gravity of Pluto behind Jupiter will make people weightless for 15 minutes. Such an excuse to cheat likes or votes at social networks discredited, if you look in a school textbook or a children’s encyclopedia. So you need to think before you do repost fantastic facts.

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