On one hand, when an author reads this, of course, they do a little happy gig and smile. On the other hand, when an author reads this they immediately smell something fishy.
And, it’s the latter hand that I’m always taking when someone posts comments on my promotional posts in Facebook groups.
Call me a cynic or a Debby downer, I don’t care. But, the fact still remains that from a lot of personal experience, more often than not, when strangers comment on your promotional posts in different Facebook groups, it’s inevitably because they are trying to scam you, get something out of you without any return, or are tying to send you to a site that hacks into your account and wreaks havoc.
Unfortunately, I’ve had it happen to me once on both my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the clean-up is not fun. They added me to pages I didn’t know, liked pictures on other pages of people I didn’t know, and worst of all, they invited all of my friends to like a bunch of pages. The damage done to my account wasn’t as bad as the embarrassment of having to explain to friends I was hacked and not to like the pages I supposedly told them to join. Of course, everyone was understanding, but the fact they even had to watch out for the scam bothered me the most.
I can’t stand people who spam other people, and I’ll be the first to call someone out when they try it on me now.
I think it’s really sad we have to approach peoples comments with caution—standing a few feet away from someone who might be a fan or who might be trying to hack into your computer and steal everything they can find. It really tarnishes the whole process of connecting with readers and fans who generally want to contact you because they liked your work.
I guess in the end, though, with the good of the world, there will always be the bad. And, all we can do is sift our way through it all, while hoping we’ve managed to find the good and leave the bad to rot.
So darling followers, have you ever been scammed?