‘Real Mermaid Caught Sleeping On a Rock’ is a Facebook Video ‘Like’ Scam

January 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A viral post going around Facebook that claims to have a video of a “real mermaid caught sleeping on a rock” is designed to get users to “like” a Facebook page.

There’s no video despite there being a picture of what appears to be a mermaid sleeping on a rock with a play button.

“[AMAZING VIDEO] Real mermaid caught sleeping on a rock … Watch the Real mermaid caught sleeping on a rock!” it reads.

When one clicks on the post, it then takes the user to a website that is designed to look like Facebook.

It then asks the user to share the video before going further.

Then it displays a window to like the “Awesome Interests” page.

“It is this Facebook page that the scammers of these fake Facebook posts and websites want you to ‘like’, which will make it popular. Once the page is popular, these scammers can sell it to online marketers or other scammers,” reads a post from Online Threat Alerts.

It’s recommended to delete and “unlike” all instances of the post if one has “liked” or shared it.