A hoax that is spreading on Facebook and Tumblr indicates that a new trend that has started where individuals put nails in pieces of cheese in dog parks to presumably cause injury to innocent dogs looking for a free treat.
According to thatsnonsense.com, a real incident took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year. The story was picked by an online interest site www.perfil.com along with the same photograph and was circulated by users on Facebook and Tumblr. The site describes the story of how a dog walker in Centennial Park found pieces of cheese laced with filed nails.
Now, two months after the incident occurred, the same image is being spread like wildfire across Facebook, and it claims that the incident took place in North America. This however is a fake message, as there isn’t any report that relates to this incident, so stop sharing the message and spamming the social network.
New trend at dog parks, nails in pieces of cheese, if you take your dogs to dog parks, please be careful!!
What you should do?
It is always good to verify messages like this before you re-post it on Facebook or elsewhere. If you’re not sure about the message, then the best thing to do is to ignore or delete it. Scammers create such fake messages in order to scare users, and trick them to re-post it.
How to deal with it?
I recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook called Guide To Facebook Security, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can download a copy of it from the Facebook Security Page. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at.
In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and alert them about the scam.