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Issue 111 - February 2011 - Page 10

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
  2. False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps
  3. Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
  4. Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15
  5. Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
  6. Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
  7. Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth
  8. ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
  9. 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
  10. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  11. Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs
  12. Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
  13. Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
  14. DNA Test Kit Scam Warning
  15. Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
  16. Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
  17. Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message
  18. 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
  19. McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
  20. Parrot Flower Photographs
  21. AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
  22. Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

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Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax

Outline
Messages claims that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.



Brief Analysis
These warning messages are pointless hoaxes and should be ignored. Facebook is NOT running out of space and your account will NOT be deleted if you do not send on such messages. The warnings are nothing more than newer versions of earlier hoaxes that have targeted a number of other online services, including Hotmail and Yahoo.

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Last updated: 5th January 2011
First published: 19th December 2007
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Examples
There are many complaints that Facebook has become unacceptably slow.The report shows that the reason is that Facebook has a number of non-active members. We want to send this message to see whether you're active members or not. If you don't post this message within 2 weeks you'll... ...be ...removed in order to get more space. Post this on your wall that you are still active. I AM ACTIVE!!!!!

Facebook have too much members. There are lots of members, whose complain, that facebook is to slowly. The reason for this is, that to much not active members are on facebook. We send this message, because we want to see, who is active and who is not.

If you're active, send this message to 15 other user (copy + paste) or all of your friends so that we see that you're an active one. We delete the members after two weeks whose not send this message to their friends. Founder of facebook
Mark Zuckerberg

Subject: [Message from Facebook]

Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated,there have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that the reason is that there are too many non-active Facebook members and, on the other side, too many new Facebook members.

We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to at least 15 other users using Copy+ Paste to show that you are still active. Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to create more space.

Send this message to all your friends and to show me that your still active and you will not be deleted.

Founder of Facebook,
Mark Zuckerberg




Detailed Analysis
These "warnings", and others of a similar nature, are again circulating via Facebook as well as email, Twitter, and instant messages. Versions of these absurd "Facebook closure" warning messages have been circulating since at least 2007. According to many of the messages, Facebook is becoming overpopulated and inactive users will soon be deleted to create more space. These messages instruct recipients to send the information to others to prove that they are active members or risk having their account "deleted without hesitation".

However, the information in these messages is complete nonsense and should not be taken seriously. In fact, such messages are just newer incarnations of a long running hoax that has targeted a number of online services, including Hotmail, Yahoo, MSN, Bebo, Orkut and several others.

Any claim that your account with a particular service will be deleted if you do not forward a message to others is certain to be a hoax. No legitimate company is ever likely to conduct business in this manner, least of all a hugely popular and successful entity such as Facebook.

Some online services do have a policy of terminating accounts that have been inactive for a specified period. However, in such cases, the service would almost certainly attempt to contact the user directly to warn of an impending account termination. It is simply absurd to suggest that the service would require its users to send on a particular message to others in order to prove that they are active members. Such services already know if a member is active via login records and other means. They do not require the reposting of a vague and poorly written message to ascertain a member's level of activity on the network.

Pranksters use this ruse because it is a very successful method of ensuring that a hoax message spreads far and wide. If you receive this message, please do not pass it on to others and let the sender know that the information is untrue. Such hoaxes do nothing more than clutter up our social networks and email inboxes with even more pointless garbage.

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Issue 111 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
  2. False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps
  3. Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
  4. Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15
  5. Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
  6. Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
  7. Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth
  8. ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
  9. 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
  10. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  11. Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs
  12. Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
  13. Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
  14. DNA Test Kit Scam Warning
  15. Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
  16. Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
  17. Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message
  18. 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
  19. McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
  20. Parrot Flower Photographs
  21. AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
  22. Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax