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Issue 144 - December 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 6

Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax

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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: November 28, 2012
First published: December 19, December 2007
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Hi , this is a message from the creator of Facebook and it tells you a little bit about what is going to happen to Facebook on the 15th of March. Please don't send this back to the person you recieved it from. Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down March 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active Facebook members and also many new members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 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 make more space. Send this message to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook..Remember to send this to 15 other people so your account wont be deleted

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




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Social Networking
Hoaxes and false rumours can spread rapidly via Social Networking websites
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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Pages in this issue:
  1. Jetstar 'Flight Itinerary' Malware Email
  2. WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax
  3. Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers
  4. Virgin Money 'Re-Confirm SiteKey' Phishing Scam
  5. How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax
  6. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  7. Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
  8. Absurd Warning - 'LOL' stands for 'Lucifer Our Lord'
  9. Bogus Prize Offers on Facebook - 'Like and Share To Win'
  10. Tesco Christmas Voucher Phishing Scam
  11. DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax
  12. ANZ 'Reward for Loyal Customers' Phishing Scam
  13. Chase Paymentech 'Merchant Billing Statement' Malware Email
  14. Undertaker - John Cena 'Bloodiest Fight Ever' Survey Scam
  15. Padlock on Facebook Home Page Hacker Warning Hoax
  16. Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
  17. Target 'Free Gift Voucher' Survey Scam
  18. Another Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages In Your Name
  19. Fake Tsunami Warning 'News' Report Points to Malware
  20. Reserve Bank Of India Phishing Scam
  21. Better Business Bureau 'Complaint Received' Malware Emails