A bogus Facebook post that says a gymnast broke her leotard during a French competition is fake.
The post, titled “This Gymnast Broke Her Gymnastics Leotards in Competition in France,” is nothing more than a scam designed to get people to go to a webiste where they’ll be presented with surveys.
The surveys are how the scammers make their money.
The post includes a crude photo of a gymnast that appears Photoshopped. There’s also a play button over it, but there’s no actual video.
When one clicks on the post, they’re taken to a website that first asks them to share it. This ensures that the scam spreads further.
After that, they’re just taken to surveys.
Facebook a few months ago said that it was trying to clean up spam. “Some stories in News Feed use inaccurate language or formatting to try and trick people into clicking through to a website that contains only ads or a combination of frequently circulated content and ads. For instance, often these stories claim to link to a photo album but instead take the viewer to a website with just ads,” it said.
However, posts like the one about the gymnast have kept going on. Many of the scams use lurid topics, crude imagery, or bogus health warnings.