A Facebook user has posted dozens of messages in groups appealing for help in finding the original owner of several vintage photographs.
But the posts are fake. They are part of a scam designed to encourage Facebook users to share content to reach a wide audience. After the post is shared widely, the content is changed to something unrelated, encouraging users to click on suspicious links.
“I’m trying to use the power of Facebook to get these pictures back to their owner,” the post reads.
“My mother in law bought a book from a charity shop in Stevenage and found these pictures inside. Can we share this as much as possible please so we can get the (sic) reunited.”
The same user has made almost identical posts, only changing the name of the town or city, in Facebook groups largely based in the UK (see here).
While the author uses the name of genuine companies, the links direct to unrelated websites. The genuine companies are not involved in any way.
The user’s Facebook account also indicates a hoax. The account is not a personal Facebook account, but a Facebook page, and was created recently, on April 2, 2023.
AAP FactCheck has previously warned readers about scam posts about missing relatives, missing children, injured dogs, free puppies, free groceries, money-making schemes, surplus Bunnings stock, and crochet patterns.
Various posts appealing to Facebook users to help find the owners of vintage photos are fake.
They are part of an engagement bait scam that encourages people to spread the content to a wide audience. The posts are then edited to feature suspicious links.
False – The claim is inaccurate.