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Have you ever been caught by a Facebook hoax? Did you fall for one of the many privacy-related hoaxes, such as the Facebook Graphic App hoax Don't Get Suckered By The Facebook Graphic App Hoax [Weekly Facebook Tips] Don't Get Suckered By The Facebook Graphic App Hoax [Weekly Facebook Tips] Remember the mass scare on Facebook a while back where almost everyone changed their status to "I want to stay connected to you PRIVATELY, but you need to uncheck this that and the other"? It... Read More ? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Although less serious than most Facebook scams The Top 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For The Top 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For Read More and other serious schemes of con artists How I Nearly Got Conned Via A Western Union Transfer Scam How I Nearly Got Conned Via A Western Union Transfer Scam Here's a little story about the latest "Nigerian scam", which is all too obvious in hindsight and yet so believable when you're on the hook. Read More , the following hoaxes can make you look like a bit of a fool. So, take a read and make a note: don’t pass these on to your friends!

Facebook Is Shutting Down?

But of course: Mark Zuckerberg hates money and wants no more. This is a story that spreads rapidly every year, so for some of us it will come as no surprise at all. Also, most educated Internet users will spot a chain message when they see one. Take a look at the text:

“Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down March 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active Facebook members and also many new members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 15 other users using copy+paste to show that you are still active. Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this me>ssage to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook. Remember to send this to 15 other people so your account wont be deleted.”

However, just because you can spot a chain letter and an obvious hoax, doesn’t mean that your parents can, or your kids, or your grandparents, or even your friends. Don’t let your friends and family make fools of themselves.

Variations of this Facebook hoax have been going around for years. See the following video.

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Watch Out For This Squid

If you fell for the hoax about Facebook shutting down, we can make you feel a tad better by letting you know how over 500,000 people and a Chinese newspaper fell for a hoax news story about a giant squid. You wouldn’t fall for that now, would you?

The story arose when a satirical newspaper called Lightly Braised Turnip wrote about this monster reaching Californian shores. Supposedly it had become this large due to radioactive gigantism caused by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. And hey, it’s in the science section, so why would we question this? Maybe because, although satirical, this is exactly the sort of rubbish we actually see in real newspapers every day. So, Lightly Braised Turnip have proven to be quite good at this satire thing.

More Ways You Could Be Duped On Facebook

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Protect Yourself From Facebook Scams

For many Facebook scams and hoaxes, all it takes is a little bit of critical thinking. For others, such as clickjacking, you may need to implement a bit of browser security. We suggest you check out some good browser extensions, such as these add-ons to keep Firefox secure Everything You Need to Make Firefox Private & Secure Everything You Need to Make Firefox Private & Secure When using Firefox - or any web browser for that matter - one of the best practices you can develop is to always be mindful of your privacy and security. You never know when someone... Read More .

So, did you seriously think Facebook would shut down? Do you think it would be a good idea?

Image Credits: Toshiyuki IMAI Via Flickr

  1. Shobhit J
    January 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

    These type of things are affecting stock prices of Facebook. :/

    • Angela A
      January 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Poor Mark, huh? :)

  2. Ulpi E
    January 16, 2014 at 12:03 am

    So many scams and malware on Facebook...

  3. Bogdan C
    January 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    The same scum was circulating about Yahoo's mail and messenger services a while ago. The history repeats with every Internet giant.

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