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Internet scammers are increasingly using Facebook as a means of connecting with potential victims. Facebook has also become a very effective vehicle for the distribution of hoaxes, misinformation, scurrilous rumours and outright nonsense of all kinds. Conversely, Facebook can be a rapid way of distributing factual and worthwhile information such as computer security warnings. This page helps Facebook users sort out which is which by publishing links to Facebook related Hoax-Slayer articles.

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  • 'Prayers for Likes' Facebook Sick Baby Scam
    'Prayers for Likes' Facebook Sick Baby Scam
    Circulating message that features an image of a baby with hospital equipment in the background claims that liking the image equates to one prayer for the child while sharing equates to 100 prayers.
    Published: May 20, 2014

  • LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Brad Duke's 20 Million Dollar Giveaway Contest'
    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Brad Duke's 20 Million Dollar Giveaway Contest'
    Published: May 14, 2014

  • 'Shovel Girl' Miranda Fugate is NOT Dead
    Circulating report claims that Miranda Fugate, the girl hit in the head with a shovel in a recent viral video, subsequently died of her injuries.
    Published: May 7, 2014

  • Facebook Account Registration 'Copy Code' Scam Messages
    Supposedly official messages being distributed on Facebook claim that users must register or verify their accounts by copying a specified code and pasting it into their browser's console. The messages warn that if a user fails to comply with the instructions, his or her account will be deactivated or disabled.
    Published: May 7, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Teen Died Immediately' Facebook Post
    Facebook post featuring an image of a young woman being violently assaulted claims that the girl died immediately after the depicted incident. The image includes a video 'play' button that supposedly allows users to view footage of the incident.
    Published: May 5, 2014

  • LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' Facebook Page
    Facebook Page that calls itself 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' promises large cash prizes to people who like a promotional image and like the Page.
    Published: May 1, 2014

  • SCAM - 'Mermaid Found Inside Shark Video'
    Circulating 'breaking news' Facebook message claims that users can click a teaser image to see a 'rare' video footage of a mermaid found inside a shark.
    Published: April 14, 2014

  • Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'
    Circulating Facebook message claims that Facebook is limiting Page posts so that no more than 7% of people see them. The message, which bills itself as a test, asks users to like the message and comment 'yes' to ensure that more people see the Page's messages.
    Published: April 11, 2014

  • SCAM - 'Devil's Pool Fall Epic Selfie Video'
    Facebook post featuring a teaser image of a man taking a photograph at the edge of Africa's Devils Pool urges users to click to watch video footage of the man's accidental fall.
    Published: April 10, 2014

  • LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Wife Pregnant for 13 Months Needs Prayers'
    Circulating Facebook message claims that a South African woman who has been pregnant for 13 months is about to have an operation and needs prayers. Users are asked to share the message and type 'Amen' as a comment. The message features a photograph of a heavily pregnant woman.
    Published: April 8, 2014

  • Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams
    >Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.
    Published: April 7, 2014

  • Lamborghini Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook message claims that an associated Facebook Page is giving away ten Lamborghinis. According to the message, all users need do for a chance to win is like and share the post and comment with their desired car colour.
    Published: April 1, 2014

  • Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'
    Facebook post that features a picture of a boy with a very large tumour on his side claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money each time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.
    Published: March 31, 2014

  • 'All Paid For Disney World Vacation' Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that users can have a chance to win an all expenses paid vacation to Florida's Disney World in exchange for liking and sharing a promotional image.
    Published: March 19, 2014

  • BMW M3 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook message claims that users can win a BMW M3 by sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page
    Published: Published: March 18, 2014

  • Overblown Facebook Warning – 'Do Not Open Any PM's From Anyone!'
    Message posted on Facebook warns users not to open any private messages from anyone because the PM's may contain 'malicious malware'. The message claims that just opening the PM will infect the user's computer.
    Published: March 5, 2014

  • 'Ignore if u Don't Care' Facebook Donations for Likes Hoax
    Circulating Facebook message that features an image of an emaciated young man lying on a bed claims that Facebook will donate money to help the man whenever users like, share or comment on his picture. The message claims that the man is suffering from cancer.
    Published: March 7, 2014

  • HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'
    Circulating message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'no swearing campain' and that people subsequently caught using profanity on the network will have their accounts locked pending further investigations.
    Published: March 4, 2014

  • BMW 435i Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win one of two BMW 435i luxury cars just by liking, sharing and commenting on a promotional image.
    Published: March 4, 2014

  • 'Friend Request From Someone You Are Already Friends With' Alert Message
    Circulating Facebook post warns users not to accept a friend request from a person that they are already friends with because the request is an indication that the friend has been hacked.
    Published: March 3, 2014

  • BMW Manager X6 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Message claims that the manager of the BMW Marketing Group is giving away a brand new X6 via Facebook. The message instructs users to like the manager's Facebook Page and share the promotional post for a chance to win the car.
    Published: February 26, 2014

  • 180 Unsealed XBOX ONE Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook message claims that 180 XBOX ONES cannot be sold due to being unsealed. Users are instructed to like and share the post for a chance to win one.
    Published: February 25, 2014

  • 'Parents Can't Afford Surgery' Sick Baby Hoax
    Circulating Facebook post that features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money to cover the family's medical expenses whenever users like, share or comment on the image.
    Published: February 24, 2014

  • 'Shocking Video' Facebook Scams
    Posts appearing on Facebook claim that users can click a link to view "shocking", "exclusive" or "breaking news" video footage. The supposed videos cover a range of subject areas, including the discovery of giant creatures, dreadful car or plane accidents caught on film, news of a celebrity's death or injury and salacious or titillating gossip about what a particular person has supposedly done on camera.
    Published: February 20, 2014

  • 'Product Testing UK' Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook messages originating from a Facebook Page called 'Product Testing UK' claim that testers are need for iPhones and other products and invite users to click a link to fill in a 'Product Testing Application Form'.
    Published: February 19, 2014

  • 'Shocking Accident Roller Coaster' Video Site Promotion Scam
    Circulating Facebook message features a teaser image depicting a 'shocking accident' in which a rollercoaster carriage and its passengers come loose from the track and fall. The message includes a link that supposedly opens a video showing footage of the accident.
    Published: February 12, 2014

  • Facebook 'A Look Back' Video is Genuine (But Watch For Scam Imitations)
    A number of Facebook users have heard rumours that the Facebook "A Look Back" video feature is somehow malicious. The rumours have caused concern and confusion among users.
    Published: February 7, 2014

  • 'Major Hack' Facebook Virus Warning Message
    Circulating Facebook message describes a 'major hack' that is spreading a virus via private Facebook messages. The message warns users not to open attachments claiming to contain images in a .zip file.
    Published: February 7, 2014

  • Facebook 'Account Verification' Scam
    Message purporting to be from the "Facebook Verification Team" claims that users must verify their profiles by March 15th 2014 to comply with the SOPA and PIPA Act.
    Published: January 28, 2014

  • Royal Caribbean International 'Vacation Package' Like-Farming and Survey Scam
    Facebook messages and associated Page claim that users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package with Royal Caribbean International just by first liking and sharing and then clicking a link to claim the vacation tickets.
    Published: January 22, 2014

  • 'Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge' Survey Scam
    A "breaking news" message that features an image depicting a passenger jet crashed into a traffic bridge includes a link that supposedly opens a video with more on the disaster.
    Published: January 21, 2014

  • 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam
    Facebook message claims that users can see who has been visiting them on Facebook by installing the 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' extension.
    Published: January 14, 2014

  • 'Singer Rihanna Found to be Dead' Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook message claims that popular singer Rihanna has been found dead. The post includes a link to a video that supposedly offers more information about the death.
    Published: January 8, 2014

  • 'Beware Hack Scam Rollercoaster Clip' Facebook Warning Message
    The "rollercoaster" threat described is a typical survey scam, not a virus. And while some incarnations of such scams may attempt to trick users into installing rogue apps or malware, it will not "eat all your info" as claimed. This breathless, ALL CAPS message does not adequately warn users about the type of threat it attempts to describe and sharing it may be counterproductive.
    Published: January 5, 2014

  • 'Shark Eats Swimming Man' Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook message invites users to watch "exclusive" footage of a shark eating a swimming man. The message includes an image depicting a man being carried away inside a huge shark's mouth.
    Published: January 2, 2014

  • 'World's Largest Snake Video' Survey Scam
    Circulating Facebook message claims that the world's largest snake has been found in Mexico and invites users to click a link to view a video of the beast.
    Published: December 30, 2013

  • 'Win a Gold iPhone' Like-Farming and Survey Scam
    Message generated from an "iPhone 5" Facebook page claims that users can win a limited edition gold iPhone 5s by liking a promotional image and visiting a third-party website to claim the prize.
    Published: December 6, 2013

  • PlayStation 4 Like and Share Giveaway Facebook Scam
    Facebook Page claims it is giving away "200 pieces of Play Station 4" because they have been unsealed and therefore cannot be sold. The Page claims that users can win just by liking and sharing.
    Published: November 11, 2013

  • 'Removing An Old Setting' Facebook Notification Message
    Facebook users report receiving messages that state "In a few days we'll be removing an old Facebook setting you've used in the past". The messages provide detailed information about the impending change.
    Published: November 8, 2013

  • Facebook Surcharge Hoax - £1 Per Month From January 2015
    Protest message being shared across Facebook claims that Facebook has announced plans to start levying a surcharge of £1 per month from 1st January 2015.
    Published: October 30, 2013

  • BMW M5 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Messages being shared on Facebook claim that "for the 1st time on Facebook", users who like a Facebook Page, share the promotional image and comment with their desired car colour can have a chance to win a BMW M5.
    Published: October 30, 2013

  • 'Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages' Facebook Message
    Facebook users have reported being blocked from liking Pages after receiving a message stating that they have been blocked for thirty days because of the amount and types of Pages they have liked recently.
    Published: October 29, 2013<

  • 'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam
    Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 "pieces of iPad 2" to users who share an image and like the Page.
    Published: October 29, 2013

  • Hoax - Hacking Group Anonymous Targeting Facebook Users With Giraffe Profile Pics
    Facebook warning message claims that the hacking group Anonymous is wiping out the bank accounts and hard drives of people who have played the popular giraffe challenge riddle game and are therefore using giraffe profile images.
    Published: October 28, 2013

  • Giraffe Profile Picture Virus Hoax
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that changing your profile picture to that of a giraffe will allow hackers to steal your Facebook login details and remotely control your computer.
    Published: October 28, 2013

  • Celine Dion Death Hoax Points To Rogue App
    Circulating messages designed to look like news headlines or "breaking news" articles claim singer Celine Dion has died and invite users to click a link to watch an exclusive news video about her demise.
    Published: October 24, 2013

  • Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that "for the first time ever in Facebook history" a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to like the Fan Page, share an image of the Camaro, and state their desired car colour via a comment.
    Published: October 24, 2013

  • Ford Mustang Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that "for the first time in Facebook history" a 2013 Ford Mustang is being given away to one Facebook user. To enter, users are instructed to like the Page, share a promotional image and comment with their desired car colour.
    Published: October 18, 2013

  • Death Age Facebook 'Virus' Warning
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns of a Facebook virus called "Death Age" that will post messages to all areas of Facebook from accounts that have been infected.
    Published: October 14, 2013

  • Facebook Money For Likes Hoax - Baby With Many Cuts on Face
    Facebook message featuring a picture of a baby with many cuts on his face claims that the baby has cancer and that Facebook will donate money to help him each time a user likes, shares, or comments on the picture.
    Published: October 10, 2013

  • Virgin Australia Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page purporting to be an official Virgin Australia page claims that Facebook users who like and share a promotional image can win five tickets for a two-week trip to Sydney complete with $2000 spending money.
    Published: October 10, 2013

  • iPhone 6 Like-Farming Scam
    Circulating Facebook message claims that users who share a promotional image can get an iPhone 6 for free.
    Published: October 7, 2013

  • Warning Claims Facebook Closing Business Profiles
    Circulating Facebook message warns that Facebook is closing profiles that are considered businesses. The message notes that businesses using Facebook should use Facebook Pages instead of personal profiles.
    Published: September 19, 2013

  • Warning Claims Facebook Is Deleting Pet Profiles
    Circulating message claims that Facebook is now deleting pet profiles and "crucial dog rescue pages" and advises users to save their data before it is too late.
    Published: September 12, 2013

  • Apple iPhone 5c Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that users who like and share a promotional image can gain a chance to win a new Apple iPhone 5c.
    Published: September 11, 2013

  • No, Facebook Is NOT Removing Veteran Amputee Images
    Circulating message claims that Facebook is removing images depicting veteran amputees because the images are considered offensive and against Facebook's Community Standards.
    Published: September 6, 2013

  • Carnival Cruise Free Vacation Packages Survey Scam
    Message purporting to be from "Carnival Cruise" claims that Facebook users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package by liking and sharing a promotional image and clicking a link to apply for the free tickets.
    Published: September 4, 2013

  • Miley Cyrus is NOT Dead - Miley Cyrus Suicide Facebook Scam
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that entertainer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide due to "traumatic stress". The message urges fans to click a link to view a suicide video message from Miley.
    Published: September 3, 2013

  • Phishing Scam - 'Account Reported for Annoying and Insulting Facebook Users'
    Message claiming to be from "Security The Facebook Team" warns recipients that their account has been reported for violating Facebook policies. Users are told that they must click a link to reconfirm their account within 12 hours or the account will be disabled.
    Published: August 23, 2013

  • JetBlue Vacation Giveaway Like Farming Scam
    Facebook Page posing as a JetBlue Airways page claims that Facebook users can win a six day all expenses paid vacation just by liking and sharing a promotional image.
    Published: August 19, 2013

  • Is Facebook Removing A Picture Depicting A Breast Cancer Survivor's Tattooed Chest?
    Circulating message claims that, due to its rules on nudity, Facebook keeps removing an image showing the intricately tattooed chest of a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy.
    Published: August 8, 2013

  • Message Warns Of Requests for Photos Of Babies With Nappies Open
    Circulating social media message warns that a woman who frequents baby groups is asking users to send photographs of their babies with nappies open as part of a research project.
    Published: August 6, 2013

  • X Factor Australia Like Farming Scam
    Facebook Page purporting to be the X Factor Australia fan page claims that users who like the Page and share a promotional image can win 1 of 250 iMac computers.
    Published: July 30, 2013

  • Costco Voucher Giveaway Like-Farming and Survey Scam
    Circulating Facebook messages claim that users can get a $500 voucher from Costco by liking and sharing a picture, posting a comment and clicking a link.
    Published: July 29, 2013

  • Dell Computer Giveaway Survey and Like Farming Scam
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Dell computer just by liking a Facebook Page and participating in an online survey.
    Published: July 24, 2013

  • Disgraceful Hoax – 'All Facebook Companies' Donations to Help 9 Year Old Girl'
    Circulating Facebook message claims that, every time a user likes, comments on or shares the message, "all Facebook companies" will donate 20 cents to help a 9-year-old girl severely injured in an attack.
    Published: July 23, 2013

  • ‘Disneyland SuMMer Vacation’ Free Tickets Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims to be giving away several hundred tickets to Disneyland because the tickets have been returned and therefore cannot be sold.
    Published: July 22, 2013

  • Spurious Facebook Warning – 'Powerful Computer Viruses Named Trojans'
    Facebook message warns users of several supposed Facebook security threats that it claims are powerful computer viruses named "Trojans" that can automatically forward themselves to all your contacts.
    Published: July 19, 2013

  • Big W Samsung TV Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page purporting to be that of Australian retail giant Big W claims that users can win a 40 inch Samsung TV just by sharing and liking a promotional image.
    Published: July 19, 2013

  • Facebook 'Graphic App' Privacy Warning Hoax
    Circulating Facebook message warns that, due to the new "Graphic App", material posted on Facebook is no longer private and can be seen by anyone. The message includes instructions for overcoming this supposed problem.
    Published: July 16, 2013

  • Advance Fee Scammers Using Cloned FB Accounts To Gain Victims
    A description of how advance fee scammers are using cloned Facebook profiles to find new victims.
    Published: July 3, 2013

  • Overblown Facebook Warning About 'Place of Birth' Game
    Circulating Facebook message warns users not to play the "place of birth" game because the answer is one of your banking security questions and can be used by criminals to steal your identity and access your bank accounts.
    Published: June 27, 2013

  • Bomb Detection Dog Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook message featuring a picture depicting a funeral service for a bomb detection dog that saved many lives during a terrorist attack in India, claims that users can show respect for the fallen canine by liking the image.
    Published: June 25, 2013

  • Facebook Shoes Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that you can win one of 3289 pairs of Facebook branded Adidas shoes just by sharing an image of the shoes.
    Published: June 24, 2013

  • Like-Farming Giveaway Scam Pretends to be Official Argos Facebook Page
    Facebook Page, which masquerades as the official Page for UK retail store Argos, claims that that users who share a photo and like the Page can win a 47 inch HD TV.
    Published: June 21, 2013

  • Garbled Facebook Message Warns of 'New FB Cloning Scam'
    Message circulating on Facebook warns users of a "new fb cloning scam" in which scammers pretend to be you and ask your friends to send them money.
    Published: June 14, 2013

  • Impaled Boy Facebook Like Farming Hoax
    Message featuring an image of a young boy impaled by an iron rod claims that CNN and Facebook have agreed to donate money to help pay the boy's medical expenses each and every time his picture is liked, shared or commented on. The message claims that Facebook and CNN will donate $20 per like, $50 per comment and $100 per share.
    Published: June 3, 2013

  • Facebook Account Locked Due to Malware Warning
    Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a popup window advising that their Facebook account has been temporarily locked because malware has been detected on their computer. According to the message, clicking "continue" on the popup will install a virus that will wipe out the user's computer.
    Published: May 29, 2013

  • Baby With Mermaid Syndrome - Yet Another Like-Farming Sick Baby Hoax
    Facebook message featuring an image of a child with her legs fused together being attended to by a surgeon claims that Facebook and CNN will pay $20 per like, $50 per comment and $100 per share to help pay the child's medical expenses.
    Published: May 27, 2013

  • Facebook 'Fan Page Verification Program' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook Security claims that a new security feature called the "Fan Page Verification Program" is being implemented and that Page owners must click a link and choose a ten digit security code to complete the process. Recipients are warned that their Page will be suspended permanently if the process is not completed by May 30, 2013.
    Published: May 24, 2013

  • Facebook Sick Child Hoax - '1 like = $5, 1 Comment = $3, 1 Share = $2'
    Message featuring an image of a young child offering a drink to another child with what appears to be severe burns claims that Facebook will donate money to help the child every time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.
    Published: May 21, 2013

  • Facebook Like-Farming Scams
    An increasing number of bogus Pages appearing on Facebook are designed to do nothing more than artificially increase their popularity by tricking users into "liking" them. This tactic has come to be known as "like-farming". The goal of these unscrupulous like-farmers is to increase the value of Facebook Pages so that they can be sold on the black market to other scammers and/or used to market dubious products and services and distribute further scams.
    Published: May 15, 2013

  • No, A Facebook Page is NOT Stealing Baby Photos of People Who Have 'Baby' On Their Walls
    A flurry of breathless Facebook messages warn users that a Facebook Page is automatically stealing baby photos from anyone that has the word "baby" written on their Facebook Walls or images and compiling the photos into one place.
    Published: May 9, 2013

  • 'I'm Not Asking You to Like This' - Yet Another Sick Baby Donations For Sharing Hoax
    Facebook message featuring an image of a severely malnourished child claims that Facebook will donate $1 every time the image is shared on the network.
    Published: May 7, 2013

  • Becoming a Father or Mother Facebook Group Pedophile Warning Hoax
    Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to join the group titled "becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life" because it is operated by a group of pedophiles intent on accessing your Facebook photographs.
    Published: April 30, 2013

  • Facebook Proposed Video Ads Message
    Message purporting to be from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg claims that the network is considering implementing new video ads that will run automatically every ten minutes and stop people from using Facebook until they are finished running. The message claims that users can share the message to register their opposition to the proposed video ads.
    Published: April 30, 2013

  • Facebook Profile Viewer Scam
    Message being spammed across Facebook claims that users can follow a link to install an app that allows them to check who has been viewing their profile.
    Published: April 30, 2013

  • Facebook 'Account May Not Be Authentic' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook account is to be blocked because the account may not be authentic. The recipient is instructed to click a link to reconfirm the account within 24 hours and is warned that failing to reconfirm will result in permanent removal of the account.
    Published: April 24, 2013

  • Optional Facebook Trial Allows Users to Pay to Send Messages to Non-Friend Inboxes
    Various messages circulating via Facebook claim that the company is about to start charging users for sending messages on the network.
    Published: April 10, 2013

  • Facebook 'Name and Shame Baby Beater' Message
    Rapidly circulating Facebook message asks users to share a "name and shame" photograph of a man accused of severely beating a 17 month old baby.
    Published: April 3, 2013

  • 'Like' and 'Share' Harvesting Hoax - Boy Beaten for Liking One Direction
    Facebook message that features an image of a boy supposedly beaten around the face with a piece of wood claims that he has been bullied all his life and now beaten because he is a fan of the band One Direction. The message claims that "all face companies" will donate $10 per like and $50 per share to help pay for the boy's surgery.
    Published: April 2, 2013

  • Beware - 'Unsealed' Product Giveaways on Facebook
    Various Pages on Facebook claim to be giving away expensive products such as iPads, smart phones and beauty products because they are unsealed and therefore cannot be sold. Participants are instructed to "like" the Page and share a photo to earn a chance to receive one of the free products.
    Published: March 21, 2013

  • Bogus Facebook Giveaway - 'Free GHD Straighteners'
    Facebook Page claims that it is giving away ghd straighteners to users who like the page and share a photo.
    Published: March 11, 2013

  • Survey Scam - 'Malfunctioning Online Store Giving Free iPads'
    Message distributed on Facebook claims that an online store is malfunctioning because they forgot to include a payment page and customers are therefore receiving free iPads as a result.
    Published: March 7, 2013

  • Xbox 720 Bogus Facebook Giveaway
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can have the chance to win an Xbox 720 by liking and sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page.
    Published: March 7, 2013

  • Free PlayStation 4 For Testers Survey Scam
    Messages being distributed on Facebook claim that Sony is looking for people to test the new PlayStation 4 and that they will get to keep the test PlayStation so long as they like a Facebook Page and share the post.
    Published: March 7, 2013

  • Facebook Page 'Violation of Terms' Phishing Scam
    Inbox message purporting to be from "Mark Zurckerberg" claims that the user's Facebook Page has violated the Facebook Terms of Service and may be permanently deleted unless the account is verified by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: March 4, 2013

  • Rihanna 'S3X' Tape Survey Scam Messages Hit Facebook
    Messages spreading via Facebook comments promise clickers salacious footage of popular singing star Rihanna and her boyfriend.
    Published: February 28, 2013

  • Facebook Hoax - Pay to become Gold Member or All Your Documents will be Made Public
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that from tomorrow all of the information that users have published on Facebook will be made public unless they pay a fee of $9.99 to become "Gold" members or repost the same message on their walls.
    Published: February 19, 2013

  • Bill Gates $5000 Giveaway Hoax
    Circulating photograph depicts Bill Gates holding a sign that claims he will give $5000 to every user who shares his picture on Facebook.
    Published: February 15, 2013

  • 'Facebook Technical Support' Pharmacy Spam
    Email purporting to be a notification from Facebook Technical Support claims that the recipient has a message awaiting a response and he or she should click a "Go to Facebook" button to read the message.
    Published: February 13, 2013

  • Hoax - 'Your Cell Phone Has a Name'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that entering the last three digits of your cell phone number into a Facebook comment will reveal the "name" of your cell phone.
    Published: February 5, 2013

  • Free Disneyland Tickets Survey Scam
    Various Facebook messages claim that users can receive free tickets to Disneyland by liking and sharing a picture and participating in online surveys.
    Published: February 5, 2013

  • Love Desire Facebook Group 'Virus' Warning
    Message circulating via Facebook claims that a fast spreading virus is adding people to a Facebook Group called "Love Desire" without their knowledge.
    Published: January 22, 2013

  • Who Will Be Your Valentine Virus Warning
    A warning is spreading on Facebook claiming that posts are spreading relating to ‘seeing who your Valentine will be’ that actually harbor a virus.
    Published: January 18, 2013

  • Is Facebook Trying to Get Users to Remove a Nativity Scene Picture?
    Widespread protest message warns that Facebook is trying to get users to remove a circulating Nativity Scene image because it may be offensive to some viewers.
    Published: December 22, 2012

  • Facebook 'Pirates' Fraud Warning
    Circulating message warns of a new type of fraud on Facebook in which "pirates" copy profile photos, use them to create bogus accounts and then send friend requests in the name of the victims.
    Published: December 4, 2012

  • Bogus Prize Offers on Facebook - 'Like and Share To Win'
    Various messages distributed on Facebook claim that users can win expensive prizes such as Apple products or designer headphones just by liking and sharing a Facebook Page.
    Published: November 22, 2012

  • Facebook 'Virus' Warning Message - Album 92
    Facebook message warns users not to click on a link in a private message directing them to album92 dot com because going to the site will install a virus on their computers.
    Published: October 12, 2012

  • Facebook's Promoted Posts Program for Users Causing Confusion
    An extension of the Promoted Posts feature on Facebook means that ordinary users can or soon will be able to pay to promote their posts to a wider audience in the same way that businesses and Page owners can already do. However, this payment is entirely optional. The change does not mean that Facebook users will be required to pay to use the service.
    Published: October 6, 2012

  • 'Blue Tiger' Picture on Facebook
    Circulating picture depicting a blue coloured tiger is described as a "semi-hypothetical coloration morph of a tiger" known as a Maltese or blue tiger.
    Published: September 27, 2012

  • Photo Sharing Request for 'Pray For Rosalie'
    Photo being circulated shows a young girl in with nasogastic intubation and her mother laying in the bed with her. The photo’s caption implores the reader to share the photo and pray for the child. While not present on the original version, it has also come to be shared with a comment attached stating the Facebook will donate for shares.
    Published: September 11, 2012

  • Does A Photo Depict A Puppy Being Forced to Drink Vodka?
    The origin and circumstances in which the photograph was taken are currently unclear. The motives of the man in the photograph can not be ascertained solely on the strength of this one photograph.
    Published: August 13, 2012

  • Another Facebook Sick Baby Hoax - Baby With Brain Cancer
    Facebook message that shows an image of a baby with a large growth on the side of her face claims that the baby has brain cancer. The message asks users to offer blessings to the baby by liking or sharing the image.
    Published: August 10, 2012

  • Circulating Warning - Facebook May Close Down Animal Rescue Accounts
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns that Facebook may close down animal rescue accounts. A link in the message opens a blog post that provides more information about the issue.
    Published: August 7, 2012

  • Hoax - Justin Bieber Helped Girl Raped After His Concert
    Social media driven story that features a photograph of star Justin Bieber hugging a young girl, claims that the girl was raped after a concert and then, when she finally found her way home, was told that her mother had been killed in an accident. According to the story, Justin Bieber later met the girl and offered comfort and support.
    Published: July 9, 2012

  • Facebook Share Hoax - $1.20 Per Share to Help Girl With Cancer
    Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a young girl in a hospital bed claims that Facebook will donate $1.20 to help the child each time her image is shared.
    Published: July 5, 2012

  • Facebook Will Donate for 'Likes' Hoax - Isabella Abused Wife Message
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to donate 50 cents to help fund an operation for abused wife "Isabella" each time her photograph is liked. The post includes a link to a video that supposedly shows proof of the abuse.
    Published: 15th June 2012

  • Can Birds Die From Eating Discarded Gum?
    Circulating message claims that birds can die after eating gum thrown on the ground because it fouls their systems and prevents them from eating or drinking. The message includes a photograph depicting a small dead bird with another bird looking on.
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  • Useless Warning - Facebook Will Start Using Your Photos in Ads on Friday
    Rapidly circulating message warns that on Friday, Facebook will start using your photographs in ads targeting your friends.
    Published: 6th June 2012

  • Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
    Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a "Facebook Privacy Notice" as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network.
    Published: 6th June 2012

  • Black Lion Facebook Hoax
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook asks users to "like" a photograph purportedly depicting an entirely black lion.
    Published: 5th June 2012

  • Satanist Friend Request Facebook Warning
    Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to accept friend requests from people on an included list because they are Satanists.
    Published: 4th June 2012

  • Postcard Campaign for Charlie - Please DO NOT Send Any More Cards
    Widely circulated message ask users to send postcards to a terminally ill child in the UK.
    Published: 18th May 2012

  • Circus Cruelty to Animals Protest Message - Baby Elephant Photograph
    Circulating message protesting the cruel treatment of circus elephants features as evidence a photograph of a baby elephant beside its mother.
    Published: 7th May 2012

  • Hoax - Picture of 'World's Largest Tortoise'
    Social media message claims that an attached photograph depicts the world's largest tortoise, found in the Amazon River, being transported along a roadway strapped to the bed of a large truck.
    Published: 4th May 2012

  • 'Switch To Green' Facebook Survey Scam
    Message appearing on Facebook Walls claims that users can switch to a green Facebook Profile by clicking a link in the post.
    Published: 19th April 2012

  • RockMelt Virus Warning Hoax
    The claims in the warning are false. RockMelt is a new social networking focused web browser. It is not a virus and does not contain malicious content. Depending on the choices that users make when installing the browser, RockMelt may send invitations to people on your Friends list. However, these invitations do not carry a virus.
    Published: 16th April 2012

  • 'Daddy it Hurts' Anti-Child Abuse Chain Letter
    Message that features an image of a small child with an injured face along with a poem about a child murdered by an abusive father exhorts recipients to repost the image and poem to show that they are against child abuse.
    Published: 3rd April 2012

  • False Protest Message Claims Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Has Been Executed
    Social media driven protest message claims that Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been executed in Iran and asks why church and government authorities have not raised an international outcry about the pastor's death.
    Published: 28th March 2012

  • Taylor Siders Missing Teen Alert - (Taylor Has Now Been Found)
    Circulating message asks users to watch out for teenager Taylor Siders who went missing from Hurricane High School on February 23, 2012.
    Published: 26th March 2012

  • Chrome Extension Timeline Removal Tip
    Message circulating on Facebook explains how to remove Timeline by adding an extension to the Chrome browser.
    Published: 20th March 2012

  • Pointless and Exploitive 'Share if You Are Against Child Abuse' Facebook Post
    Circulating Facebook message featuring a photograph of a little girl with a badly bruised face asks users to share the picture if they are against child abuse.
    Published: 15th March 2012

  • Little Girl With Huge Belly Facebook Donation Hoax
    Circulating message that features photographs of a young girl with a huge stomach claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help the child every time the post is shared.
    Published: 14th March 2012

  • Friend Request Facebook Ban Warning
    Circulating Facebook post warns that users are getting suspended or banned from Facebook because people they have sent friend requests to have clicked "No" in response to the question "Do you know this person?"
    Published: 12th March 2012

  • Arwa Has Now Been Found - Help find Missing Girl Arwa Message
    Message circulating via social media posts asks users to help find five year old Arwa who was reported missing in Mumbai India in January 2012.
    Published: 9th March 2012

  • False Warning - Do Not Add 'Jason Lee' Because Its a Virus
    Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "Jason Lee", "Linda Smith", "Jason Allen" or "Amy Allen" to their friend list because it is a virus. Other versions warns users not to add Raquel Critelli or Kelly Hargrove.
    Published: 3rd March 2012

  • 'Wolf' Slaughter Protest Message
    Message that features a photograph of hunters posing by a small truck filled with animal corpses decries the slaughter of the great wolves and asks that users pass on the picture to help stop the wolf killings.
    Published: 3rd March 2012

  • Fake Three Headed Snake Image
    Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.
    Published: 2nd March 2012

  • False Warning - Facebook Will Soon Require Social Security Numbers When Users Login
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that, as an anti-spam measure, users will be required to enter their social security numbers when they login to the network from April 2012.
    Published: 2nd March 2012

  • 'Thomas Romany's Stuff' Warning Message
    Rapidly circulating social media message warns users not to interact with a person called 'Thomas Romany's Stuff' because he is trying to stalk women that have made contact with him to buy ugg boots.
    Published: 16th February 2012

  • Protest Message - Live 'Tortoise' Souvenirs Sold in China
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that live tortoises sealed in bags of herbal solution are being sold as souvenirs in China
    Published: 15th February 2012

  • Facebook Photograph of Man Riding Motorbike Over Children's Hands
    Circulating Facebook message that features a photograph of a man driving a motorbike across the hands of a number of children lying on the ground calls on users to share the image as a means of combating child abuse.
    Published: 10th February 2012

  • Hoax - Share Photo to Raise Money to Help Abused Puppy
    Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a badly injured puppy claims that the Humane Society will donate $1 towards an operation to help the dog every time the photo is shared.
    Published: 8th February 2012

  • Urban Legend - Rapist Hides in Back Seat at Garage
    Social media message tells the tale of a woman who narrowly escaped being attacked by a convicted rapist who hid in the back seat of her car when she went to pay for petrol at a garage in Longton UK.
    Published: 8th February 2012

  • Baby With Skin Rash Facebook Share Hoax
    Facebook message that includes a series of photographs of a baby with a severe skin rash claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child every time that the message is shared or liked.
    Published: 31st January 2012

  • Another Facebook Nonsense Post - Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder
    Message that includes a photograph of a baby with a severe cranial deformity asks users to share the picture as a way of collecting prayers to help the child.
    Published: 24th January 2012

  • Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue.
    Updated: 20th January 2012

  • Hoax Message Warns Users Not To Contact DreamWeaverGrey
    Circulating hoax message warns users not to make any contact with a person with the screen-name "DreamWeaverGrey" because he is a suspect in the murders of 56 women that he met through the Internet.
    Published: 20th January 2012

  • Hoax - Facebook Will Donate $1 Per Share to Help Sick Baby
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will donate $1 per share to help a sick baby shown in an accompanying photograph.
    Published: 18th January 2012

  • Facebook 'See Who Viewed Your Profile' Scams - Rogue 'Stalker' Apps
    Various messages posted on Facebook claim that, by following a link and installing a Facebook application, you can see who has been viewing your Facebook Profile or find out who has been stalking you.
    Published: 17th January 2012

  • WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax
    Circulating message claims that smartphone instant messaging application WhatsApp is about to start charging users for service but that this charge can be avoided by sending the same message to ten people.
    Published: 15th January 2012

  • A Special Appeal to Facebook Users - Unauthorised Use of Baby Zoe Chambers Photograph
    One version of a hoax message that is currently circulating rapidly on Facebook features a photograph of baby Zoe Chambers and her mother Julie. Sadly, Zoe passed away in July 2008. Zoe's mother Julie is extremely upset by this cruel and totally unauthorised use of Zoe's picture.
    Published: 13th January 2012

  • Facebook Protest Message Against Casey Anthony Book Deal
    Circulating protest message claims that Casey Anthony, reviled mother of murdered two year old Caylee Anthony, is set to make a lot of money via a movie and book deal. The message asks users to boycott any such book or movie.
    Published: 13th January 20121

  • Animal Mistreatment Protest Message - Firecracker Put In Dog's Mouth
    Circulating social media message includes a graphic and disturbing image of a German Shepherd with its face partially blown off after youths placed a firecracker in its mouth. The message asks users to share if they are against the mistreatment of animals.
    Published: 10th January 2012

  • Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
    Message circulating on Facebook warns people to watch out for for a man named Thierry Mairot because he is attempting to contact children on Facebook to talk about sex.
    Published: 9th January 2012

  • Tanner Dwyer Friend Request Hacker Hoax
    Circulating social media message warns users that accepting friend requests from Tanner Dwyer, Christopher Butterfield, Stefania Colac or Alejando Spiljner can allow hackers to access your computer and steal personal information.
    Published: 5th January 2012

  • Bogus Warning Claims KiK Messenger is a Hacking Scheme
    Circulating social media messages claim that KiK Messenger is a hacking tool or virus that can steal your personal information.
    Published: 4th January, 2012

  • Facebook Account Update Phishing Scam Email
    Email, purporting to be from Facebook, claims that Facebook is implementing a new login system and that the user must therefore follow a link in the message to update his or her account.
    Published: 22nd December 2010

  • Friendship Inquiries Hacker Alert Hoax
    Alert posted on Facebook and other networks warns users not to accept friendship inquiries from Roland Dreyer, Matthias Damberger, Mario Sommer, Fabian Berneder or Frank Becker because they are hackers intent on destroying your hard disk.
    Published: 9th November 2010

  • 'Very Important Message' Facebook Spam
    Post circulating via Facebook walls urges users to follow a link to another page and click the publish button in order to read a 'very important message'.
    Published: 3rd November 2010

  • Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
    Viral message asks recipients to pray for the recovery of a 22 month old who accidentally shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer.
    Published: 15th October 2010

  • New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
    Warning circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users not to click on links labelled "New Gifts For You" because the links will launch a virus that will automatically spread via Facebook comments.
    Published: 24th August 2010

  • 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
    Bogus messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can follow a link to install a "Dislike Button" on their Facebook account.
    Published: Published: 18th August 2010

  • Automation Labs Facebook Privacy Warning Hoax
    Messages circulating on Facebook claim that by entering 'automation labs' in the 'Block People' search function of Facebook's privacy settings will reveal a list of people who have access to your Facebook account and should be blocked individually so that they cannot spy on you.
    Published: 4th February 2010

  • False Rumours Claim That Facebook is About to Start Charging Users
    Rumours circulating via social networking websites and email claim that Facebook will soon begin charging members a monthly fee for use of its services.
    Published: 27th January 2010

  • Facebook Friend Reported You Virus Warning
    Message warns that bogus Facebook notifications claiming that you have been reported by a friend for being offensive or for terms of service violations link to a computer virus.
    Published: 16th January 2010


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