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Facebook Related - Facebook Scams, Hoaxes and Security Warnings

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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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: 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 Page claims that you can win one of 3289 pairs of Facebook branded Adidas shoes just by sharing an image of the shoes.

Facebook Shoes Like-Farming Scam

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.

Updated: 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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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Frederic Pretty Facebook Hacker Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns people not to accept a user called Frederic Pretty into their contacts because it is a very powerful hacking account.

Published: February 12, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Justin Bieber Stolen Laptop and Camera - Sex Tape Rumours

Circulating social media messages claim that pop star Justin Bieber had his laptop and camera stolen at a recent concert and speculate that the devices may have contained "sex tape" footage or other embarrassing information.

Published: October 11, 2012

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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Circulating Warning - Facebook May Close Down Animal Rescue Accountse

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

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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: 9th July 2012

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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

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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

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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.

Published: 12th June 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Updated: 3rd March 2012

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'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

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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

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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

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Hoax - Facebook Will Pay One Dollar Per Like to Help Baby With a Face Cancer

Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with a large growth on her face every time the baby's photograph is liked on Facebook.

Published: 22nd February 2012

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Tale of the Racist Airline Passenger

Long circulated story relates how a racist airline passenger receives her comeuppance from airline staff.

Published: 30th January 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Updated: 17thJanuary 2012

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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

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Southwest Airlines Tickets

Message appearing on Facebook and being sent out via email claims that Southwest Airlines is giving out free airline tickets to Facebook users.

Published: 15th January 2012

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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 2011

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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 2011

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What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained

Over recent years, Facebook has been plagued by the type of nefarious scheme that we refer to collectively as survey scams.

Published: 11th January 2012

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Rihanna Is NOT Dead

Social media messages claim that popular singer Rihanna has died in a plane crash.

Published: 11th January 2012

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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 2011

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Hoax - Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share to Help Baby With Facial Cancer

Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a baby with what appears to be a large growth on his or her face, claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child for every time the picture is shared.

Published: 10th January 2011

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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.

Updated: 9th January 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free $500.00 Victoria's Secret Gift Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a $500 Victoria's Secret gift card by clicking a link in the post.

Published: 9th January 2011

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'Switch to Pink Facebook' Survey Scam

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can switch the colour of their profile from blue to pink by clicking a link.

Published: 6th January 2011

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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

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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

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free $100 Shell Gas Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Shell Gas Card worth $100 by clicking a link in the post.

Published: 30th December 2011

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Stolen Tibetan Spaniels Alert

Circulating social media message asks users to keep publicising information about the theft of five Tibetan Spaniels.

Published: 30th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - $50 Dollar General Gift Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that uses who click a link will receive a free $50 gift card from variety store chain Dollar General.

Published: 29th December 2011

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Facebook Message - RIP for Family Slain by Man Dressed as Santa

Message circulating on Facebook asks users to share or repost to show their support for the relatives of a family slain on Christmas Day by a man dressed as Santa.y

Published: 29th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Walgreens Free Gift Card

Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Walgreens gift card by following a link in the message.

Published: 28th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Get a Costco Gift Card for Free

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get free Costco Gift Cards just by following a link.

Published: 12th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Eat for Free at CheeseCake Factory

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can eat at the Cheesecake Factory for free by following a link to claim a gift card.

Published: 11th December 2011

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Hoax Chain Letter - The Vengeful Ghost of Carmen Winstead

Circulating message tells the story of teenager Carmen Winstead who supposedly died after being pushed into a sewer by school bullies. The message claims that Carmen's ghost returned to exact revenge on the bullies and continues to come back and kill those who do not resend her story.

Published: 11th December 2011

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JB Hi-Fi Facebook Survey Scam

Messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can get free JB Hi-Fi vouchers just by clicking a link.

Published: 9th December 2011

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Free Facebook Credits Survey Scam

Message appearing on Facebook Walls claims that the user can get 5000 Facebook credits for free just by following a link in the post.

Published: 30th November 2011

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Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Warning

Warning message claims that 70 dogs have died from eating chicken jerky treats from China.

Published: 29th November 2011

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Bogus Warning - 'BBQ Enthusiast' Avatar on Cafe World is a Trojan Horse Virus

Message circulating on Facebook warns Cafe World users not to click on an avatar named "BBQ ENTHUSIAST" because it is a "trojan horse virus".

Published: 28th November 2011

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Prayer Request For Karen Perry

Social media message asks users to offer prayers for Karen Perry who lost all three of her children in a plane crash in November 2011.

Published: 28th November 2011

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Bogus Warning - Scammers Asking for Baby Details to Claim Benefits in Your Children's Names

Warning circulating on Facebook claims that mothers are being asked to post details of their children, such as name, birth date and weight at birth, so that scammers can falsely claim benefits in the children's names.

Published: 24th November 2011

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False Claim - Cardiff City Football Club Refused to Donate Club Shirt for Fallen Soldier's Coffin

Protest message circulating via social media claims that Cardiff City football club refused to donate a club shirt to place in the coffin of Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, a soldier killed in Afghanistan despite a request for a shirt from the soldier's family.

Published: 24th November 2011

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Facebook Account Reported Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook account has been reported for annoying or insulting other users and will be disabled if he or she does not confirm account details within 24 hours.

Published: 23rd November 2011

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Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users not to install the "Christmas tree app" because it is a destructive trojan virus.

Updated: 23th November 2011

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Budweiser Frogs Virus Hoax

Message claims that a screensaver featuring the Budweiser Frogs contains a dangerous computer virus.

Updated: 22nd November 2011

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Recent Facebook Porn Attack Highlights Dangers of Misleading 'Security' Warnings

For two or three frantic days in November, 2011, many Facebook News Feeds were hit by a wave of pornographic and violent images.This article is not about the spam attack itself but about how a series of inaccurate and misleading 'hacker' and 'virus' warnings, that circulated the network well before the attack, contributed greatly to the general confusion, and ultimately, just made matters worse.

Published: 17th November 2011

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Starbucks Coffee Free Gift Card Survey Scam

Emails and Facebook posts claim that Starbucks is giving away free gift cards and instruct users to click a link to claim their prize.

Published:16th November 2011

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Another Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages In Your Name

"Hacker alert" circulating on Facebook claims that, without your knowledge, hackers are posting insulting messages that appear to come from you on the walls of your friends.

Published: 10th November 2011

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Abandoned Two Week Old Sydney Baby Prayer Request

Circulating social media message outlines the case of a two week old baby abandoned in a Sydney house. The message asks for prayers for the recovery of the baby and requests that users repost it if they are against child abuse.

Published: 5th November 2011

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Child Abuse Protest Message - Child Being Stepped on Photograph

Facebook driven protest message that features a disturbing image of a small child being stepped on by a grown man, asks users who are against child abuse to "like" and "share" the message.

Published: 3rd November 2011

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Protest Message - Dog Named 'Parrot' Shot by Police

Message circulating via social media decries the public and seemingly unjustified, shooting of a dog named "Parrot" by a police officer.

Published: 3rd November 2011

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Facebook 'Add Pink Tinge to Your Profile' Virus Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns uses that an app that adds a pink tinge to your profile as a way of raising money for cancer actually installs a "keylogger malware" on your computer.

Published: 25th October 2011

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False Warnings - 'Cleaning out Friends List' Questions on Facebook Contain Viruses or are Posted by Hackers

Circulating messages warn uses that questions about cleaning out friends list appearing on Facebook contain viruses or are posted by hackers.

Published: 25th October 2011

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Facebook '1 Lost Message' Pharmacy Spam Email

Email purporting to be a notification from Facebook claims that the recipient has 1 lost message that can be retrieved by clicking a link.

Published: 21st October 2011

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Free Heart Surgery for Children - Facebook Share

Message circulating on Facebook claims that free of cost heart surgery for children is available at a Bangalore hospital and that users should share the post to help spread the word.

Published: 19th October 2011

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Facebook Prayer Request For Baby Found in the Bin

Message circulating via Facebook asks users to say a prayer for a baby that was found in a bin and was being eaten by ants.

Published: 12th October 2011

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Jordon Mills Prayer Request

Circulating social media message ask users to pray for the recovery of Jordon Mills. According to the message, Jordon is currently in intensive care due to "Chrons" and is in need of a miracle.

Published: 22nd September 2011

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Bogus Facebook Virus Warning - 'Pornographic Movies Posted On Our Behalf'

Message circulating on Facebook warns that hackers are posting pornographic movies on the walls of Facebook users without their knowledge and that people should not open these movies because they are viruses.

Published: 20th September 2011

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Amy Bruce Charity Hoax Revisited

Message circulating via social media claims that 7 year old cancer sufferer Amy Bruce will receive £7 from the Make-A-Wish Foundation every time the information is reposted.

Published: 8th September 2011

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Farmville White Gift Box Virus Warning Hoax

Facebook message warns Farmville players not to open a white gift box surrounded by blue lace because it is a virus.

Published: 5th September 2011

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Harly A. Andrews Prayer Request

Social media driven message asks users to pray for five year old Harly A. Andrews. According to the message, Harly was hit by a car and is in intensive care.

Published: 31st August 2011

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'May God Bless This Kind Person' Spyware Hacker Warning Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users to watch out for a post that says "MAY GOD BLESS THIS KIND PERSON BELOW WITH PEACE, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS" because it is a "spyware hacker" that can steal all information from affected Facebook accounts and use it for "bad purposes".

Published: 25th August 2011

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Protest Message - First Responders Not Invited to 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Ceremony

Protest message circulating via social media decries the fact that first responders to the 9/11 disaster have not been invited to the tenth anniversary 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Published: 25th August 2011

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Diego Mendez Prayer Request

Message circulating via social media asks recipients to offer prayers for the recovery of five year old Diego Mendez. According to the message, the child is in intensive care after a TV fell on his head.

Published: 25th August 2011

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Hoax - Professional Hacker 'Faceb Hu' Taking Control Of Computers Via Friend Requests

"Urgent" Facebook message warns uses to watch out for a user called FACEB HU because he is a professional hacker who can take control of your computer if you accept - or even reject - his friend request.

Published: 19th August 2011

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Fake Child Abduction Alert - Three Year Old Missing from Wollongong

Alert circulating via social media and email claims that a three year old girl was kidnapped in the NSW city of Wollongong by someone driving a white van with a ladder on the back.

Published: 18th August 2011

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Bogus 'Free Items for Participating' Facebook Events

Numerous Events being promoted on Facebook claim that users who agree to attend and invite all of their friends will receive free shirts, shoes, iPhones or a host of other items.

Published: 5th August 2011

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Overblown and Outdated Warning - Facebook Instant Personalization

Message circulating on Facebook warns that between today and tomorrow, a new, automatically enabled, Facebook Privacy setting goes into effect that will share Facebook data with non Facebook websites.

Published: 5th August 2011

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Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" because it will launch an "Olympic torch" virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.

Published: 3rd August 2011

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Unfounded Rumour - Facebook Friend Request Warning - People Trying to Access Photos of Children

"Urgent" message circulating on Facebook warns users not to accept friend requests from Ponce Martin, Lorraine Miyama, Dario Murgiondo, Montaldo G, Blue Belen, Julieta Montaldo, Jester Fan, Luly Carbal or Martina Di Stefano because these people are trying to access photos of children.

Published: 29th July 2011

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FB Security "Hacker" and "Virus" Warning

Alert circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a message claiming to be from FB Security because it is a "hacker" and a "virus".

Published: 20th July 2011

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Advance Fee Scam - Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes Online Lottery

Message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, claims that the recipient has won $1,000,000 in the Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes online lottery.

Published: 14th July 2011

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Hugh Hefner is NOT Dead - R.I.P. Hugh Hefner Facebook Virus Warning Hoax

Warning message circulating on Facebook advises users not to click on the R.I.P. Hugh Hefner page because it is a virus. Hefner is not dead as claimed in recent Internet rumours.

Published: 13th July 2011

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Facebook 'Virus' Warning - Girl in a Plaid Skirt

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users to watch out for a post showing a girl in a plaid skirt because it is a virus.

Published: 10th July 2011

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'Facebook Has Sent You a Message' Pharmacy Spam

Seemingly official email purporting to be from Facebook Support, asks you to click a link to receive a message.

Published: 6th July 2011

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Nestle Banana Baby Food Recall Warning

The warning is derived from a genuine recall, but, in its current form, it is misleading and inaccurate. It is true that Nestle France has voluntarily recalled a specific batch of "P'tit Pot" banana baby food as a precaution due to possible broken glass contamination. However, the problem is confined to one batch and affects a product that is sold only in France.

Published: 5th July 2011

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Alert From Facebook Security Team Phishing Scam

Message, purporting to be from the Facebook Security Team, claims that the recipient’s Facebook account may have been compromised and that he or she must follow a link to verify account details within 12 hours or risk having the account permanently suspended.

Published: 30th June 2011

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Overblown Facebook Warning: Remove All Profile Pics With Kids

Message warns Facebook users that they should remove any profile picture containing children because people are stealing such pictures and using them in sex advertisements. A later version tacks on an example Facebook page where such activities are supposedly taking place.

Published: 21st June 2011

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Facebook Warning - Applications Sending Porno Messages in Your Name

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns that some applications are sending out pornographic messages in your name. The message warns that you should not open any message claiming that someone answered a question about you because it is a virus.

Published: 15th June 2011

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Black Van Child Abduction Alert - Number Plate Ending With 03A

Abduction alert message circulating via social media warns that the driver of a black van with a number plate ending in 03A is trying to lure children into his vehicle by telling them they have won an iPod.

Published: 8th June 2011

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'New Way to Hack Your Face Book' Warning Message

Message circulating on Facebook warns uses to watch out for notifications that say a friend has commented on your status because links in the notifications lead to a fake Facebook page that will steal login details.

Published: 7th June 2011

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Direct TV Treatment of Joplin Tornado Victims Protest Message

Widely circulated message claims that victims of the Joplin tornado who call to cancel their DIRECTV service due to the destruction of their homes are being told to send in their remote control or box or pay a fine of $500. The message asks recipients to boycott DIRECTV in protest.

Published: 4th June 2011

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Fake Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Howard Hertzberg' Because Its a Virus

Message circulating via social networks and email warns users not to add somebody called Howard Hertzberg to their friend list because it is a virus.y

Published: 20th May 2011

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Dislike Button Virotrex Virus Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on links about a Dislike Button, because doing so will install a virus called Virotrex that will steal private information from the infected computer.

Published: 18th May 2011

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Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message - "Visit The New Facebook" Links

Message warns users that have a Page on Facebook to watch out for links with the words "Visit The New Facebook" because following such links will allow a hacker to steal their information.

Published: 16th May 2011

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Facebook "Virus Warning" - BBC Video Of Bin Laden Killing

Message circulating on Facebook warns uses to watch out for a BBC video showing the killing of Osama Bin Laden because it is a virus.

Published: 3rd May 2011

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Pointless Warning Message - Facebook About to Become Owner of Your Private Photos

Message circulating on Facebook warns users that on "Friday", Facebook will become owner of the publishing rights of all their private photos.

Published: 29th April 2011

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Unfounded Facebook Rumour- Bob Howard Pedophile Warning

Circulating Facebook message warns that a 48 year old pedophile named Bob Howard is posing as a 14 year old on Facebook in order to make contact with children.

Published: 28th April 2011

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Facebook 'Trojan' Warning - Girl Who Killed Herself In Front Of Web Cam Video

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click links to a video of a girl who killed herself in front of her web cam because the video is a trojan that will attack your computer.

Published: 19th April 2011

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Facebook 'Virus' Alert - Twilight the Movie Link 'Worst Virus Ever' According to Facebook and CNN

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a link to a game related to Twilight the Movie "Breaking Dawn" because it has been reported by Facebook and CNN as the worst virus ever.

Published: 18th April 2011

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Facebook New Viruses Warning Message

Warning message circulating around Facebook claims that there are five new viruses on Facebook that users should watch out for.

Published: 15th April 2011

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Facebook "Your Password is Not Safe" Malware Email

Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been automatically changed because the previous password was not safe.

Published: 13th April 2011

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Facebook Non Secure Browsing Warning

Message warns that Facebook has automatically set itself to the non-secure browsing setting and advises uses that they can get "hacked" if they see "http:" instead of "https:" in the address of their Facebook page. The message explains how to set Facebook to secure browsing.

Published: 13th April 2011

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Facebook Rogue App Survey Scam - BBC News Check What She Did on Cam

"BBC News" messages appearing on Facebook that include an image of a young woman suggest that users click a link to "check what she did on cam".

Published: 12th April 2011

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Inaccurate Warnings Claim ALL 'bit.ly' Links Are Suspect and Should not be Clicked

Various messages circulating on Facebook advise users to never click on bit.ly links because they all point to viruses, rogue applications or malicious websites. Some of the warnings suggest that the incusing of a "bit.ly" link from a friend is an indication that they have been "hacked".

Published: 11th April 2011

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Prayer Request for Injured Soldier Tony Mullis

Message circulating via social media asks recipients to offer prayers for 20 year old soldier Tony Mullis, who was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan.

Published: 8th April 2011

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Padlock on Facebook Home Page Hacker Warning Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users that if they see a "low security" alert with a padlock icon on the top right of their Facebook page, they should ignore it because answering security questions asked by the alert can give hackers access to their accounts.

Published: 7th April 2011

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Amber Alert Hoax - Fake '72B 381' Abduction Alert Continues To Circulate

"Amber Alert" message circulating via social media and email claims that a three year old child has been kidnapped by a man driving a grey car with the license plate 72B 381.

Published: 31st March 2011

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"Photo U Got Tagged In" Rogue App

Message posted via Facebook asks recipients if they have seen a photo they were tagged in and includes a link that supposedly allows them to view the photograph

Published: 27th March 2011

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False Virus Warning - Do Not Add "Smartgrrl15" Because Its a Virus

Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "SMARTGRRL15" to their friend list because it is a virus.

Published: 25th March 2011

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Bogus Hacker Warning - &#039 Between First and Second Names in Facebook Chat

Message claims that if the characters "&#039" appear between the first and second names of the friends listed in your Facebook chat, it means that they have been hacked. It further warns that if you try to chat with these hacked friends, you will also be open to attack.

Published: 24th March 2011

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Internet Rumour: Ramsgate Abduction Attempts - Man With Grey Hair & Glasses Driving a Red Car

Message circulating via social media claims that a man with grey hair & glasses driving a red car has been attempting to abduct children near schools in the Ramsgate (UK) area.

Published: 24th March 2011

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Japanese Tsunami 'Whale into Building' Clickjacking Scam

Message posted on Facebook supposedly links to information about a whale smashed into a building by the tsunami in Japan.

Published: 16th March 2011

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Hacker Warning Hoax - Do Not Accept Friend Requests From Bobby Roberts

Message warns people not to accept friend requests from Bobby Roberts because he is a hacker and his name will "destroy everything".

Published: 14th March 2011

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Facebook 'Virus Alert' - Charlie Sheen Found Dead

Message warns Facebook users to watch out for virus messages that claim that actor Charlie Sheen has been found dead at his home.

Published: 11th March 2011

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Baby Pacey Moore Prayer Request

Message circulating via Facebook and Twitter asks recipients to pray for 3 month old Pacey Moore who was admitted to the Cabell Huntington Hospital with Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Published: 9th March 2011

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Scammers Exploit 'Facebook Closing Down' Hoaxes via Rogue Apps

Messages claim that Facebook is about to start closing accounts and that current users must follow a link to verify their accounts.

Published: 2nd March 2011

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Greg Comer Prayer Chain Request

Message asks recipients to pray for Greg Comer who is battling cancer.

Published: 22nd February 2011

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Overblown Warning - Phone Numbers Now On Facebook

Message circulating on Facebook warns that phone numbers belonging to all Facebook users are now being published on Facebook.

Published: 18th February 2011

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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: 16th February 2011

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Amber Alert Hoax - Mitsubishi Eclipse With Plate Number 98B351

Message purporting to be an Amber Alert claims that a three year old boy was taken by a man in Rochester MI driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse with the number plate 98B351.

Published: 14th February 2011

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Facebook Grant Award Advance Fee Scam

Facebook message claims that the recipient has won a cash prize in the "Facebook Grant Award". The message instructs the recipient to follow a link to the award notification website to claim the prize.

Published: 10th February 2011

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Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses

Circulating message asks recipients to help find new homes for 52 thoroughbred horses that must be rehoused urgently due to the death of their owner.

Published: 3rd February 2011

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Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'

Email purporting to be from Facebook Support claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been changed because spam was sent from the account. The recipient is instructed to open an attached file to retrieve the new password.

Published: 28th January 2011

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'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application

Message circulating on Facebook claims that the user can follow a link to see everyone who views his or her profile.

Updated: 25th January 2011

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Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15

Widespread rumour claims that Facebook will close down for good on March 15, 2011.

Published: 10th January 2011

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Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax

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.

Updated: 5th January 2011

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'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application

Message circulating on Facebook claims to show the poster's "1st St@tus" message and claims that Facebook users can find their own first status post by following a link in the message.

Published: 4th January 2011

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Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message

Message spreading via Facebook warns about a "Trojan worm" called Knob Face and advisers recipients to avoid adding a user called "Smartgirl 15". It also warns users to watch out for links labelled "Barack Obama Clinton scandal".

Updated 4th January 2011

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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

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Facebook Request to Honor Fallen Marine Derek Wyatt

Message circulating via Facebook asks users to repost the message as a means of honoring US Marine Derek Wyatt who was killed in action in Afghanistan on December 6th, 2010.

Published: 15th December 2010

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Facebook Change Profile Picture to Cartoon Character Paedophile Warning Hoax

Facebook message warns that a recent campaign asking people to change their profile picture to a cartoon character as a means of raising awareness about child violence is actually a scheme run by a paedophile group intended to make it more likely that children will accept their friend requests.

Published: 6th December 2010

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Facebook Warning Post - Apps Sending 'Not Very Nice' Messages Using Your Name

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users that some apps are sending out "not very nice" messages that may appear to come from friends.

Published: 29th November 2010

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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

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'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

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Bogus Facebook Rumour- Harry Graham Pedophile Warninge

Social network message warns that a 48 year old pedophile named Harry Graham is posing as a 14 year old on Facebook in order to make contact with children.

Published: 1st November 2010

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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.

Updated: 15th October 2010

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Bogus Facebook Rumour - Thomas Cowling Wants to Talk to Children About Sex

Message being posted on Facebook warns users to watch out for a man named Thomas Cowling because he is attempting to contact children on Facebook to talk about sex.

Published: 9th October 2010

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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: 30th September 2010

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Facebook Virus Using Your Pictures Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns that a virus is using Facebook pictures as a means of hacking into computers, stealing information and destroying the infected computers.

Published: 20th September 2010

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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

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'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: 18th August 2010

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Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax

Post circulating via Facebook warns users not to open any message about "a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall" because the message contains a self-replicating Trojan virus.

Published: 13th August 2010

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Face Book Promotion Advance Fee Scam

Message posted to Facebook users claims that the account holder has won a large sum of money in the Face Book 2010 promotion.

Published: 17th July 2010

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Apple iPhone and iPad Giveaway Spam on Facebook

Messages circulating rapidly around Facebook claim that you can receive a free Apple iPhone 4G or an an Apple iPad by following a link and signing up on a third party website.

Published: 24th June 2010

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Facebook Deactivated Account Spam

Message purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the user's Facebook account has been deactivated and urges him or her to follow a link to reactivate the account.

Published: 9th June 2010

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LeBleu Family Prayer Request Message

Message circulating via social networking websites and email asks recipients to offer prayers for the Mike LeBleu family who lost four of their daughters in a house fire in May 2010.

Published: 25th May 2010

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Distracting Beach Babes Facebook Malware Attack

A rogue Facebook Application is posting links on Facebook Walls that supposedly open a video showing "Distracting Beach Babes".

Published: 25th May 2010

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Beware of Dubious Facebook "Free Offer" Groups

Facebook groups that offer users supposedly free items or services such as Facebook site enhancements or extra Facebook game items and updates may require participants to sign up for expensive SMS phone services.

Published: 18th March 2010

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Check Out YouTube Request - Facebook Trojan Worm Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open a request to check out a YouTube video because it contains a "trojan worm" that can shut down the infected computer and steal personal information.

Published: 28th February 2010

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Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes

Status updates being passed around on Facebook supposedly provide information about how to gain access to an enhanced version of Facebook called "Facebook Gold".

Published: 22nd February 2010

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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

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Facebook Unnamed App Internal Spybot Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns that users should delete a Facebook application labelled "Unnamed app" because it is an "internal spybot" that can make Facebook runs more slowly than usual.

Published: 28th January 2010

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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

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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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Facebook Charging 14.99 Per Month Warning Message

Message warning that a Facebook group that protests against a supposed charge of $14.99 per month for Facebook services has links that point to a malicious website.

Published: 1st January 2010

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