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Hacker Hoaxes - False Security Warnings

  • HOAX - 'Maggie From Sweden Hacker Alert'
    Circulating social media message warns users not to accept a friend request from a person called 'Maggie from Sweden' because she is a hacker.
    Published: May 15, 2014

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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