Facebook is a powerful social platform, often used for good, but scammers and hoax spreaders are pretty common.
Here are some of the most recent scams and falsehoods circulating on Facebook from Hoax-Slayer.com , a site that has been exposing online scams for a decade.
A picture of a baby with cuts on his face claims the child has cancer and that Facebook will donate money to help when a user likes, shares or comments. The child doesn't have cancer, and the child was abused. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A message claims Miley Cyrus committed suicide and asks fans to click to view a message from her. It's designed to trick users into installing rogue apps or malicious browser extensions. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A page claims users who like and share a picture will have a chance to win an Apple iPhone 5c. No iPhones are being given away. The scammer is trying to get likes for additional spam campaigns. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A page posing as a JetBlue page claims users can win a six-day, all expenses paid vacation by liking and sharing an image. The page is not associated with JetBlue, and vacations are not being given away. Image from hoax-slayer.com
Computers are not being given away. The scam aims to artificially inflate the number of likes on the page and trick users into submitting information to fake survey sites. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A message claims "Death Age" will post messages from accounts that have been infected. There is an app that sends out messages in the names of users who have given permission, but it doesn't "infect" accounts. Image from hoax-slayer.com
Message claiming it's from the company says users can win a vacation by liking and sharing an image and applying. This has no connection to Carnival and there is no prize. Image from hoax-slayer.com
Messages claim that users can get a $500 voucher from Costco by liking and sharing a picture, commenting and clicking a link. It's designed to trick users into taking a fake survey. Image from hoax-slayer.com
This is a new version of earlier phishing scans targeting Facebook users. The link opens a fake website that asks users to provide Facebook login details, along with personal and financial information. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A page says that a 2013 Ford Mustang is being given away. Users are told to like the page, share an image and comment. It is fraudulent, with no connection to Facebook or Ford. Image from hoax-slayer.com
Message warns that items posted on Facebook can be seen by anyone -- apparently a reference to graph search, which does not change privacy settings. Users who follow instructions will stop friends from seeing their posts. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A message claiming to be from an X Factor fan page claims that those who like the page and share an image can win 1 of 250 iMacs. It's a like-farming scam. Nothing is being given away. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A message claims users who share the image can get an iPhone 6 for free. It's meant to trick people into promoting a bogus page. The iPhone 6 doesn't currently exist. Image from hoax-slayer.com
A page claims Celine Dion's death. The links lead to a rogue Facebook app that will send the false death report to all friends and may ask to participate in survey scams or install malicious applications. Image from hoax-slayer.com