Facebook to Donate 50 Cents for Every “Like” – Hoax

There is a new hoax message that is spreading across Facebook, and it isn’t any different from the other hoax and spam messages. The new hoax message claims that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apparently “agreed” to donate 50 cents for every “like” the photo gets, eventually helping to raise funds for abused wife “Isabella.” However, none of it is true.

Here’s the message that is spreading along with the photo a link to YouTube video –

Facebook to Donate 50 cents to Isabella

Her name is isabella, she was abused at home by her husband every single day because she didn’t cook dinner for him, her doctor mark grant said she has a broken bone and ankle and they will need $200,000 by 19th June for her operation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has agreed to donate 50 cents for every like this photo gets, one like wont hurt, so please like if you have a heart.. do not ignore this. Men should NOT abuse their wife.

Watch the PROOF of the video on YouTube of her husband abusing her at home, has been sentenced for 20 years now — > [link]

It’s funny to see that the creator of this hoax message couldn’t even spell Mark Zuckerberg’s name correctly.

The link to the YouTube video is nothing related to a husband accusing his wife or anything of that sort, but instead leads to a video in which two lunatic girls are making an attempt to be funny. Perhaps the primary motive behind this hoax message is to generate Facebook “likes” and video views on YouTube.

Also, Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook does not make any such donations by getting users to “like” or “share” a photo or message. This isn’t something new as we have seen several such hoax and spam messages spreading across the social network.

It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

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Fake ‘Privacy Notice’ Irks Facebook; Users Worried

Like I said in my previous post, Facebook is the best place to spread rumors and hoax messages to thousands of people in no time. This is one of the biggest problems with Facebook, where users inevitably spread messages that look controversial, but are baseless and have nothing in common with reality.

A “Facebook privacy notice” has gone viral on the social networking site through status updates and “shares” in the past few days. The so-called “privacy notice” reads as follows:

Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates. worriedFacebook Privacy

PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning — any person and/or institution and/or agent and/or agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.

You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee, agent, student or any personnel under your direction or control.

The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. (M)

The above spreading viral message is a hoax and none of it is true. The main idea behind this post, whosoever started it, is based on the fact about Facebook’s recent listing as a publicly traded company, which according to the rumor indicates that it will affect its users’ privacy. However, this is simply a wrong assumption.

Although Facebook became a publicly traded company last month, it has not made any changes to its privacy policy, and makes it a top priority to keep user information safe and secured. If Facebook ever makes any changes to the privacy policy, it would definitely notify all its users about the changes. So, don’t panic!

Additionally, the Uniform Commercial Codes cited at the end of the post, “UCC 1-103 1-308″ is completely unrelated to Facebook’s privacy policy, and thus making its inclusion irrelevant.

This rumor is very much similar to “Facebook or its third-party advertisers to user photos in ads“, which also has been reportedly spreading rapidly on the social networking giant.

Here’s an update that Facebook posted:

We have noticed a recent status update that is being widely shared implying the ownership of your Facebook content has recently changed. This is not true and has never been the case.

Facebook Privacy

NO!!! Facebook Not Charging For Accessing Website

I have seen this stupidity go around in the past where users spread messages saying Facebook will charge for new profiles, and I think the hoax message is spreading again just like those chain email messages where you would die in 7 days if you don’t forward that email or text messages to 10  people in 10 minutes of receiving it.

Died not Forwarding Messages

Such type of messages never killed anyone, unless you consider the tombstone above which is intended for fun. Similarly, you will not gain any advantage by circulating a message to others saying that is going paid because they invested heavily in the Facebook Timeline which you can’t even remove.


Trust me, even though Facebook’s IPO is not doing that well, they will hardly make any move to charge users who are their revenue stream and lose more money on their stock.

So just chill out and stop polluting the feeds with such messages. It won’t help you and neither will it help others.

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Do Not Add “Kelly Hargrove” as Your Facebook Friend – Facebook Virus Hoax

A new hoax message has emerged out on the social networking site Facebook, with users creating awareness of the message asking their friends not to accept friend requests sent by “Kelly Hargrove”, “Jason Lee”, or “Linda Smith”, since it is a virus. The message that users are sharing on the network is false and is completely not in accordance with fact or reality.

There is no such virus on Facebook, which will harm your computer by accepting a friend request from the mentioned names. The message has also been spreading on Twitter and indicates that the name itself is a virus and adding the person to your friend list will harm your computer by downloading the virus. It also states that the information “has been confirmed” and asks users to “share” the message on their Facebook Timeline and warn their friends about it.

… CRITELLI*, KELLY HARGROVE, ALSO IF SOMEBODY CALLED *KELLY HARGROVE* ADDS YOU, DON’T ACCEPT… IT IS A VIRUS. TELL EVERYBODY, BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM, YOU GET THE VIRUS TOO. **COPY AND PASTE AND PLEASE RE POST* THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY FACEBOOK AND SNOPES Raquel Critelli is in fact Kelly Hargrove’s account .. it was just confirmed …it is a hacker account.!!! Pass this on people, spread the warnings please !!!!!!!! repost to your family and friends

Do Not Add as Friend - Facebook Virus Hoax

There are several version of the message with different names. These messages are completely false and there are no such viruses named after these users. Your computer will not be infected by any virus by accepting a friend request or adding a user to your friends list. Messages like these have been spreading from the last three years and in order to make difference in the appearances of the message, spammers make subtle changes like the name and alter a few other details.

Although the message states that the information has been “confirmed”, it however does not reveal who confirmed it or on what basis the information was confirmed. This clearly shows that the message is a fake. There is no point in creating any awareness and users should avoid spreading messages like this.

Some versions of the message state that the information has been confirmed by Facebook and other organizations like, Symantec, McAfee or Snopes. However, there is no such confirmation available by these companies. Not even Facebook!

Before you “share” a message like this, make sure you do a quick search on Google to check whether the information is true or not. Reputed blogs will make a note about it whether the information is correct or simply a fake.

Now that you’ve known that the message is a fake, make a good deed by letting your friends know about it by sharing this post with them. Also, make sure that you inform the original poster of the message that the message is simply a hoax.

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No, Facebook Will Not Require Social Security Number for Log In

Lately, there has been a hoax message spreading across the social networking site Facebook, indicating that the site is planning to add a new security feature where users will have to enter their Social Security Number (SSN) in order to successfully log in to the site.

Here’s the message that has been spreading across the network –

Facebook will Require Social Security Number for Member Log In. [LINK] Today, Facebook announced a new procedure to address the recent wave of spam that has plagued the website. Starting April 2nd, users will be required to enter their social security numbers to log in to their Facebook accounts.

There is no such announcement made by Facebook, and it is pointless to integrate such a feature on the site. Social Security number is issued to U.S. citizens, both permanent and permanent resident, under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act. Facebook has over 850 million users worldwide and the procedure would simply not work in anyway.

The hoax message originated from the site – FreeWoodPost.com with the following statement –

The new member log in format will be both safe and efficient for our users who fear having their Facebook identity stolen. The requirement for users to enter their social security numbers during log in, will completely take away the element of spam from unauthorized access. With cooperation from the United States government, we have compiled a database to verify that each person’s social security is accurate. Also, the last four digits of each users social will be displayed in their info section of their profile. Further upgrades to security are currently being planned, and will be announced as more information is given.

Social Security Number Log in - Facebook Hoax

Users on Facebook have taken this hoax message seriously, and are spreading the same on their Timelines and updating their friends about the hoax by sharing the post link. The site – freewoodpost.com has the following line in one of the posts – “Remember, our tagline is “News That’s Almost Reliable”… a purely satirical and humorous “news” website,” which clearly indicates that articles published on the site are generally cooked up and nothing is true about it.

The site invites contributors to write for their blog and mentions that they’re only looking for articles that are “outrageous political humor that is indirect and satirical.”

Thus, please make sure that you avoid “sharing” such false messages on Facebook. A quick search on Google will provide you with details whether the information you’re sharing is true or simply a hoax.

We always keep our readers updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. So, make sure you’ve bookmarked our Techie Buzz Facebook Scams page. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Stop Posts from Showing in Facebook Ticker – Facebook Hoax

Facebook announced its new Timeline feature way back in September, and allowed Facebook Developers to experience the new profile layout. Timeline was then released worldwide starting from New Zealand.

Users on Facebook reported that they found the Timeline confusing and cluttered. However, this didn’t bother Facebook, since they’re quite confident that people will eventually get used to it.

While the appeal to disable the Facebook Timeline continues, a new hoax message has been reportedly spreading on the network, which claims to help users disable the Facebook Ticker and limit hackers from hacking your account. The following message has gone viral and is showing up on Newsfeeds everywhere:

“With the new FB timeline’ on its way this week for EVERYONE…please do both of us a favor: Hover over my name above. In a few seconds you’ll see a box that says Subscribed.Hover over that, then go to Comments and Likesand Gamesand un-click it. That will stop my posts and yours to me from showing up on the side bar(ticker) for everyone to see, but MOST IMPORTANTLY it LIMITS HACKERS from invading our profiles. If you re-post this I will do the same for you. You’ll know I’ve acknowledged you because if you tell me that you’ve done it I’ll like’ it. Thanks”

Stop Posts from Showing in Facebook Ticker - Facebook Hoax

The methods mentioned in the hoax message will not protect your Facebook account from hackers or improve your privacy. The best way to protect your information and other details on Facebook is by setting all of your privacy and sharing settings to ‘friends only.’ This way, whatever you share on Facebook will be limited to your friends only.

It is always good to verify messages like this before you re-post it on Facebook or elsewhere. If you’re not sure about the message, then the best thing to do is to ignore or delete it. Scammers create such fake messages in order to scare users, and trick them to re-post it.

We recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook called Guide To Facebook Security, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page. We have also compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.

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Funny Hoax on Facebook’s Privacy Settings

I thought that hoax messages like Professional Hacker Named ‘Faceb Hu’ Trying to Hack Facebook Accountand Worst Ever Virusare usually created to scare users on Facebook, but today I came across a funny hoax message indicating that there is a new issue related to Facebook  privacy which will peek into your bathroom and steal your towel while you shower.

Here’s the complete message –

Facebook Privacy Settings Joke

NEW PRIVACY ISSUE WITH FACEBOOK! As of tomorrow, Facebook will creep into your bathroom when you’re in the shower, smack your bottom, and then steal your clothes and towel. To change this option, go to Privacy Settings > Personal Settings > Bathroom Settings > Smacking and Stealing Settings, and uncheck the Shenanigans box. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and Paste on your status to alert the unaware

That’s really an unusual and a funny message related to Facebook’s privacy settings. However, Graham from Sophos identified the similar post, but also noticed something very strange. He found that the post was shared publicly to “everyone” on Facebook.

This isn’t a security threat, however, on a serious note, before sharing something on Facebook, make sure that you always check whom you are sharing it with. For instance, if you happen to share a personal information with “friends” or a certain group, but accidently post it as “Public”, then obviously it wouldn’t remain personal anymore.

Facebook Sharing

From the above image you can notice that you can always choose whether you want to share the information publiclyor just with friends. So double-check before you share anything on Facebook. Here are my current (custom) privacy settings on Facebook. These settings control who can see what I share.

Facebook Custom Privacy Settings

To configure your privacy settings, go to Accountsand click on Privacy Settings. I hope this will help you configure privacy settings appropriately for your personal information.

I recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page. In addition to that, I have written an article which explains on How to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked.

Facebook Says Phone Numbers “Published” is Fake

A chain message that erupted on Facebook sometime back is spreading like wildfire, and has left the Facebook team annoyed. The message states that Facebook has published phone numbers of all users under Accounts > Edit Friends > Contacts page.

Well, it’s true that if you go to the Contactspage in your Facebook account, all the phone numbers of your friends will be displayed. However, this isn’t what Facebook has intentionally published, but it is the users themselves who have made it available for others.

The phone numbers displayed are of those users who have ‘permitted’ Facebook to display it to either everyoneor just friendsor to none. As a matter of fact, the Contact list, which was earlier known as Phonebook, has existed for a long time.

Also Read: How To Delete Phonebook Contacts From Facebook

The rumor spread on almost everyone’s news feed and eventually spammed the network, driving the Facebook officials crazy and making them make an official statement announcing/stating that it is a rumor.

Facebook Phone Number Published - Hoax

Rumors claiming that your phone contacts are visible to everyone on Facebook are false. Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time. The phone numbers listed there were either added by your friends themselves or made visible to you, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook. Just like on your phone, only you can see these numbers.

Here’s the message that has been spreading on Facebook

THIS IS NOT A JOKE, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY** ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now on Facebook! No joke – go to the top right of the screen, click on Account, then click on Edit Friends, go left on the screen and click on Contacts. All phone numbers are published!! Please repost this on your status, so your friends can remove their numbers if they do not want them published.

Facebook Phone Numbers Published - Hoax

To prevent your contact number from being displayed to your friends or anyone else, you can disable it from your account settings. To do so go to Account Settings > Privacy Preferences and click on “Customize settings” –

Facebook Privacy Settings

Clicking the Customize settingswill open a page where you can customize what information you want to share with your friends and everyone else. Scroll down, and at the bottom of the page you will find Contact Informationwhich has your address, IM screen name, email id and your contact numbers.

From the drop down menu, select Customizeand make your contact number visible only to you by selecting Only Me. Alternatively, you can add a list of people from whom you can hide your contact numbers.

Facebook Information Settings

Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and it’s quite hard to avoid them. Here is an article on  How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams

Other hoax messages spreading on Facebook that you should avoid re-posting –


Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax Spreading on Facebook

Today, I came across a new hoax message that has gone viral on Facebook, which alerts users about a new virus program, which will download automatically and crash the user’s computer hard disk. Well, please note that this is a fake message and there is no such threat to any user.

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware@: Do not open any message with an attachment called: Invitation FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It’s virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the hard disc C of your computer. Virus will be received from someone in your address book .. If you receive mail called: Inviitation FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, DO NOT OPEN IT and DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY.

The message is spreading in the above form and users are blindly sharing it on their walls. This is a fake message and there is no such virus spreading on Facebook. The fake message is similar to the one that was reported last year, which fooled users by stating that their Facebook account was suspended and required to complete a survey to reactivate it.

Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax Spreading on Facebook

As you can see, users are thanking their friends for sharing the “vital information”, which clearly indicates that they have fallen for the fake message. Before you blindly share such messages on Facebook, please make sure that you verify it. Facebook will update their blog or Facebook Security page if there are any such threats.

If you come across this message on your Facebook news feed, remove/delete it by clicking the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. You can also request your friends to delete the post to avoid the message from spreading further.

If your computer is affected by a virus, then removing it is pretty simple. You just need to have a good  Antivirus  and  anti-spyware  software  on your computer and your PC should be safe. There are several  Free Antivirus  software available out there. You might also want to read our guides about  securing your PC  and  keeping your PC safe on the Internet.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams and Identifying and Avoiding Facebook Scams.