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What you should know about online voting
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Hi Cecile,
In case this is new to you, we recently found out that there is such a thing as “vote exchange” and a “voting mafia” on Facebook.
We ran two contests during the past months and experienced this.
During our the recent Father’s Day contest, we saw some entries that were earning 100+ votes in half a day so we became very suspicious.
Upon investigating, we saw votes from people with Middle Eastern- or Chinese-sounding names, locked profiles—most of which had only under 10 friends.
One contestant had 280+ likes while 80% of the votes were not on his Friends list.
The voting ‘mafia’ had names that started with Ab or Ac, i.e. AbAnna Gonzalez. Or some would have Pinoy pictures with Caucasian names.
It was tedious but we went through the likes of each entry (we had about 35). If we saw ‘likes’ that were suspicious, we disqualified them (internally from our list).
Just before we announced the finalists, we deleted the fraudulent entries and banned them from our page.
It’s not difficult to “detect” fraudsters. As the promo organizer, it is easy to just turn a blind eye because our main objective was to reach as many people as we can. But when you think about the people who really campaigned to garner votes, you just want to do the right thing.

This link explains everything:
http://www.contestmob.com/blog/how-to-identify-cheaters-who-use-facebook-vote-exchange/

(Name withheld for privacy)

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Cacharel Chuck

Good day, your comments on your other blogs are closed already that’s why i decided to post on this one, would just want to say that purely my sister christiana collings and her best friend chiara tenorio has nothing to do with all the negative comments you, kerin and nina is getting, its just their opinion, just like my self when you and your followers are obviously pointing out at my sister and her bff, i told her that we should make a move on this and she told me not to bother anymore because its your opinion, and as… Read more »

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Nangyari na din sa’kin ‘to. Napansin ko na pag lumalamang ako, biglang gumagalaw yung number of likes nung kalaban ko. Pag hindi gumagalaw ang votes ko, di rin gumagalaw yung kanya. We actually told the owner of the online store to check the validity of the number of ‘likes’ but she said that it’d be unfair to the other contestants and those who voted since her only rule was whoever gets the most number of likes wins. We checked the other accounts and we found out that she used fake ones. I joined just for fun. It was my first… Read more »

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Issa Rodriguez (facebook.com/issarodriguez.LikeThis), she is the master of all Facebook likes contest. She can generate votes up to 23,000. You may google her name and please include the word cheat. You’ll be surprised.

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i had a feeling, cause some numbers are just too unbelievable no matter how popular they may be. this i such a hassle though. i also don’t particularly like it when people create blogs just for the sake of joining giveaways. it defeats the whole purpose

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This “Most Likes will Win” promos on FB has been around for some time now and many clients/agencies are still not aware that many FB users out there are what I call ‘Serial Contestants’ 🙂  

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CVS Reply:

like the same people join? I have an idea

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Guest

Thanks for sharing. I hate contests which require voting

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Guest

“entries that were earning 100+ votes in half a day” this is so true! irritating as well

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The first step for marketers should be to look at the Terms
and Conditions for Facebook Promotions: https://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php and
it clearly states that “You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the
Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion.” As consumers who
engage with brands on Facebook, we should know these guidelines and be informed as well.

This “Like” scam also happens in Twitter where plenty of Followers are actually bots..

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This is why I don’t join the “likes” contests on FB. I’ll buy nalang and save myself from all that stress.

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Anonymous

I even received an email on how to buy facebook likes. Afraid akitch baka virus so di ko na open yung link. Nabibili na pala ang mga FB likes. Bonggels naman ng pakulo nila.scam!

http://kaloka.livejournal.com

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ehem

OMG this is so true! i think yung Father’s Day contest na tinutukoy dito ay yung sinalihan ko. Was really shocked by how fast mag-gain ng votes yung kalaban ko. 200 votes ang lamang ko, maya-maya lang konting-konti nalang malalagpasan na ako. Sobrang kinarir ko ang paghingi ng boto sa friends ko tapos may mandadaya! Oh well.. winner pa din ang entry ko 🙂

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‘Liking’ on Facebook wall/posts aren’t allowed as contest mechanics
unless there are 3rd party apps where  the voting is done. And usually
this is why contest organizers/agencies only count the actual votes for
the percentage of the final score, kasi may mandadaya at may mandadaya
talaga. and like what your friend said, the developers of the app can
delete the fake votes.

Pati contest kasi nandadaya pa eh. Dapat fun lang. Nina and Kerin for the win!

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‘Liking’ on Facebook wall/posts aren’t allowed as contest mechanics unless there are 3rd party apps where  the voting is done. And usually this is why contest organizers/agencies only count the actual votes for the percentage of the final score, kasi may mandadaya at may mandadaya talaga. and like what your friend said, the developers of the app can delete the fake votes.

Pati contest kasi nandadaya pa eh. Dapat fun lang. Nina and Kerin for the win!

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there are people on FB offering their photo tagging, friend suggesting, photo liking services for a certain fee, say, 100 photo likes for 100 gcash.

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That’s why I don’t like to join mga ganung contest. I actually clicked on the link you just gave, and searched key words contest, vote, exchange on FB and look what I found — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Contest-Vote-Exchange/212712915414267 TSK TSK TSK!!

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CVS Reply:

first time to see this!! i just reported for scam. you should too.

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Tani

Thanks for sharing this.  We lost in Dusit Thani Manila’s Most Romantic Photo contest this way.  The winner had so many “voters” with foreign-sounding names and obviously-dummy accounts.

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DTI already had a ruling about having “likes” as a basis for winning a contest. It’s actually not allowed. Facebook also! =)

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