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Test: Can you spot a fake viral video?

Test: Can you spot a fake viral video?
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Have you seen this amazing video?

That's a question we see a lot on sites like Facebook. People are always sharing funny or interesting videos on social media that they want their friends to watch.

There's just one problem. Many of the videos that go viral are actually fake.

You might be wondering why someone would spend the time and effort it takes to create one of these fraudulent clips. It's simple really. They are hoping their video goes viral, to get as many views as possible.

On Facebook, this is known as a like-farming scam, which is exactly what it sounds like. Scammers post a story or video on Facebook for the purpose of cultivating likes and shares. Based on the way Facebook works, the more likes and shares a post has, the more likely it is to show up in people's News Feeds.

This gives the scammer more viewers for posts that trick people out of information or send them to malicious downloads. The original post typically has nothing dangerous about it. Only after the post gets a certain number of likes and shares does the scammer edit it and add something malicious.

Falling for scams like these can lead to numerous bad outcomes. Identity theft, malware infecting your gadget, or ransomware encrypting your critical files, to name a few.

That's why you need to know how to spot a fake viral video. Keep reading and I'll show you some examples and give you some pointers on how to spot them.

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