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'Missing Persons in Australia' Facebook Like-Farming Scam

Outline
Facebook Page calling itself 'Missing Persons in Australia' claims that users can receive monetary rewards just by liking the page and sharing missing person posters published on the Page.

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Brief Analysis
The Page is a callous like-farming scam and the missing person posters are fake. Users will not receive rewards for liking and sharing. The scam is an attempt to amass large numbers of likes for the bogus Page. Do not like the Page or share its fake posters. And, please report the Page to Facebook.

Important Note
The disgraceful actions of the scammers operating the Missing Persons in Australia Page are unfairly damaging the reputations of legitimate Missing Person Facebook Pages around the world. This article pertains to the "Missing Persons in Australia" Facebook Page and no other.

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Example

MISSING PERSON - HAVE YOU SEEN AMBER DANG?

$400 REWARD TO LIKE THIS PHOTO (1 PERSON ONLY)
$1000 REWARD IF SHE IS FOUND

***You MUST like our page Missing Persons in Australia to be eligible to win***

Rewards are not tax deductible and is paid by the National Center for Missing Persons in Australia 

Anyone having information should contact
National Center for Missing Persons in Australia 

Telephone [Removed]
Fax [Removed]


Detailed Analysis


According to a Facebook Page calling itself 'Missing Persons in Australia', Facebook users can get a chance to receive a large cash reward just for liking the Page and sharing one of the missing person posters that it features. And claims the page, if information from a user helps locate a missing person, the user will receive an even larger cash reward. The About section of the page claims that by liking the page, users can "help bring missing victims back to their families".

The message claims that rewards are paid by an organization called the "National Center for Missing Persons in Australia" and includes a phone and fax number for that organization so that people can report sightings.

However, the Page is a deplorable scam. The missing person posters on the site are fake. The people pictured in the posters are not missing. Their images have been stolen from other websites for use in the fake posters.

And, user certainly will not receive money just for liking the Page or sharing a poster. The promised rewards do not exist. There is no such entity as the "National Center for Missing Persons in Australia".  If such an organization did exist it would use Australian rather than US spelling ("centre" rather than "center").   Moreover, the phone number previously listed on the page is for a private residence not a missing person's organization.

The goal of the immoral likewhore who created the fake Page is to gather as many likes as possible in the shortest possible time. Pages with large numbers of likes can be later repurposed to launch survey scams and other types of fraudulent activity. The Page owners may try to trick participants into giving them money and personal information by convincing them that they have earned a "reward".

Pages with high like numbers may also be sold on the black market to other scammers. 
Please do not further the goals of this scammer by liking the Page or sharing the fake missing person posters. Instead, please report the Page to Facebook.

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Last updated: November 14, 2013
First published: November 14, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Missing Persons in Australia
Facebook Like-Farming Scams
California Institute of Technology
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