ALERT: New Facebook Hoax
A new version of an old hoax is spreading fast through Facebook pages everywhere.
CyberCriminals are cashing in on people’s fear that Facebook is going to start charging for its service.
The message specifics vary, but the gist of the message is that Facebook is going to start charging for Facebook accounts sometime in the near future (times vary between “tomorrow” to “this summer”). The message goes on to state that if current users copy and paste the message into their own status, that their icon will turn blue, and their account will be “safe”.
This is a new version of an old hoax, which began circulating as early as 2006.
A Simple Rule of Thumb Regarding Social Media
Any message that claims that a particular online service provider will start charging you or will close your account unless you send on the information to others, is a hoax. If you receive this Facebook version, or any of the other versions of this hoax, please DO NOT pass it on to others. Reposting does nothing other than clutter social networks and inboxes with even more useless information. Also, CyberCriminals have ways of collecting (read “make $$$$”) off of such scams.