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Warning: Beware new Facebook health scam

Warning: Beware new Facebook health scam
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Getting healthy, feeling better and living longer are serious issues. That's why it's so frustrating when you see those online ads for health gimmicks that are so clearly scams. "Click here to lose 5 pounds in two hours," "Kim K uses this and you should too" - aggravating ads like that can make you want to give up on pursuing a healthy lifestyle altogether. But for your sake, and for your family, I sincerely hope you never give up on trying to be healthy!

That's why I want you to know about this new Facebook scam that takes false advertising to a new, twisted low. It pretends to be a post from one of your Facebook friends, bragging about some great health secret. The scam will appear as a post from your friend written in a sentence that is close to complete gibberish, stating something like, "successfully results in this particular health solution."

Then your "friend" will post an second item on your timeline with a link to an ad, often adding words like "hehe" or "haha" to the post to make it seem like they forgot to attach the link in the first post. If you recognize this as a scam, then great job!

If you do click the link, don't worry. You're not in the weeds yet. The link will take you to a fake BBC webpage with a story about the wonders of a certain acai berry formula that is sure to make you lose weight quickly. Hackers and online thieves love to get people on the hook by promoting acai berry products, so if you see anything like that in the future, just know it's most likely a scam.

Next page: What to do if you get sucked into this scam
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