Buying Facebook Likes and Fans Illegal or Unsafe?
One of the most common concerns with purchasing anything online is safety and security. It’s no different if you’re buying a computer from Newegg, a tube of toothpaste from Amazon or a piece of software from Steam. Anything you buy, any transaction of money for a good or service, needs to be accompanied with certain assurances.
In the case of buying Facebook likes, the concerns become very specific. Will I get these likes as promised? Will my information be safe with the seller? Will they use my information in a way I don’t endorse? Will my reputation be harmed by the purchase of followers? Will my account be banned if I’m discovered? Are the likes from valid users? Will my account be hacked? Can Facebook sue me?
The answers to some of these questions may surprise you. Others are more nuanced than you may believe. Let’s go through them each one by one.
Will You Get Your Likes?
This is a valid first question.
In general, yes, you’ll get your likes, regardless of where you’re buying them. You’ll hear this a lot when I answer these questions, by the way; conditional statements. If you don’t trust the seller, don’t buy from them. That’s a pretty simple guideline to follow, I think.
A related question might be, “will I get all of the likes I pay for?” That’s a little harder to answer. In general, if a site is trying to sell you 1,000 likes, they’re going to deliver around 1,000 likes. Some of them will run ads and keep track of the followers you get from those ads, and cut the ads off at 1,000. Others will send users at you until your follower count has increased by 1,000, which might mean you only got 950 likes from their service and 50 from your own efforts. Still others will over-shoot in an attempt to please you and get you to buy more, and you might end up with 1,100 from them. You never know what you’re getting, for sure, unless the terms of service for the seller clearly state it.
Very, very rarely you will come across a site or user on Fiverr, or some black hat forum, who promises likes for a cheap rate. Once you send them money, they disappear; complete communications blackout. Often, these people pop up time and again under different names and service names, but they’re pretty easy to identify. I’d just recommend never buying likes from someone who doesn’t have trustworthy reviews and recommendations.
In general, you should avoid the networks that only deal in small quantities of likes,or the sites that promise a certain number of likes in a short amount of time. Ads take time to set up and run, and legitimate likes take time to come in. If a site is guaranteeing you 10,000 likes in 24 hours, it’s not reasonable.
Is Your Information Safe?
This is another valid question, and again, it comes down to the quality of the seller. A valid merchant running ads has a vested interest in keeping your information safe; they don’t want their reputation destroyed, which is the least of what would happen in a data breach. More likely, legal action could be taken against them, and they don’t want that either. They have a very good set of reasons to keep your data secure.
Now, the low quality sellers might just be bad at what they do. They might be using stock, out of the box software to manage their payments, and it might not be up to date. Laziness has caused more than one security breach at major companies, small businesses dealing with digital goods can suffer from the same fate.
And, just like with delivery, there’s always the bottom of the barrel, the users who run a “business” where they get just enough of your information to phish your account out from under you. In general, legitimate sellers aren’t going to need your username and password, or direct financial details; they’ll operate just like any other business.
How Will They Use Your Information?
What information do you have to give a seller of likes?
Most of the time, the only things you need to specify are 1) how many likes you want and 2) what page you want them sent to.
Sometimes, the seller might ask you to go in and generate code for a like box for them, because they run that like box on other sites as an ad. They’ll never need your username or password, or financial details. When they want to bill you, they do just that; send you a bill.
Therefore, the only information of yours they have should be publicly available information. The only private information in the transaction is the fact that you’re buying likes from a seller. Generally, this can be taken the wrong way, so many buyers don’t want to be exposed. Of course, it’s then in the interest of the seller to not expose their clients list, so it really all depends.
For a legitimate like seller, a company that runs ads in your stead, information security is going to be important. They also have the benefit of using third party payment processors like Paypal, so they don’t have to store your payment information. There’s really no room for malicious use of information you give, because you don’t need to give much at all.