Coax or Hoax?
Let’s explore the definition of both words, shall we?
Coax: to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.
Hoax: something intended to deceive or defraud
Well, that makes sense, doesn't it? But…it does not sum up the information. Making an assessment of what may be “real” or what may be “fake” is tough business - especially when both types of posts use similar methods to entice your click!
However, if you know what you're looking for it can save you tons of time from NOT having to change your passwords as often and tons of worry from thinking your account or identity has been compromised.
Keep reading to learn how to distinguish true posts from hoax posts!
A coaxing post is meant to pull you in with a sweet deal, prize or juicy content/news to cajole you into clicking the posts. Most businesses use this approach to simply grab your attention in hopes that you’ll either like their page or sign up for their new promotion.
These posts are usually innocent links, images and questions to persuade you to interact with their brand. No harm no foul.
Spot a REAL post:
Hoaxing posts are created for one simple reason: to scam. Clicking on these posts will only bring frustration and sometimes even shame.
Scammers and schemers use fake stories and altered images to pick up your curiosity and deceive you into clicking.
These posts are used to reroute you to other bogus sites that slap some spyware or malware your way and/or trick you into sharing the phony post with friends and family.
Spot a FAKE post:
Still not sure? Look to the lower left of your screen when you hover your mouse over the post and see what the URL connected to the post is. If it's "www.starbucks.com" or something as clear-cut, you're fine. If it's an impossible string of numbers, letters and gibberish, best to steer clear. If the outlandish claim being made is really true, it'll make its way to the evening news.
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