re: How To Spot A Facebook Scam
5. It demands that you forward it to everyone you know.
6. All or parts of it are in ALL CAPS.
7. It contains statistical information without valid citations. If you're going to make the (valid) case that American military service people on duty in Afghanistan are underpaid, don't lie about the pensions of presidents and members of Congress in order to exaggerate the claims.
8. It's a chunk of text which has been rendered into a graphic, and therefore not easily editable. (Yes, anybody who can 'shop can change it, but most of these things try to get you to act without thinking, and believe it or not, 'shopping requires thinking.)
9. It contains spelling and/or grammatical errors.
10. It contains political "revelations" that would be all over the news services ... if they were real. I cheerfully admit that my politics are moderate-to-liberal, but I see various of my friends falling for made-up crap all over the political spectrum, including conservatives, liberals, libertarians, etc.
When I see any of the above, I do my best to make the supreme effort to ignore them. They will cost me more in the time required to read them than even any entertainment value I might get from them.
And anybody, even a good friend, who repeats that vile post which twists the story of a Righteous Gentile who saved Jews from the Holocaust into an excuse for bashing politicians that the anonymous original author doesn't like, gets flamed. YOU DON'T DO THAT AROUND ME AND GET AWAY WITH IT. (Sorry for the all caps!)