Don’t be fooled by this popular Facebook scam

Have you seen this new hoax doing the rounds on Facebook? Hundreds of thousands of users have already fallen for

Have you seen this new hoax doing the rounds on Facebook? Hundreds of thousands of users have already fallen for it, with no signs of slowing down.

This trick works so well because it ties into real life events, confusing the truth – and takes advantage of our trust.

A month ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they would be giving away almost all their fortune to charity in honour of their newborn daughter. (You can read that incredibly touching story here.)

The following hoax message – which sprang up almost immediately after the news – claims that 10% of this $4.5 billion fortune will be be given away to Facebook users.


Nearly 30 midnights have come and gone since then without a winner in sight, but it hasn’t stopped plenty of hopeful Facebook users sharing it – even “just in case”.

Like a game of Chinese Whispers, the basic facts and wording have changed a lot with subsequent shares. Many versions circulating in the USA claim it is “Not a hoax! I saw this verified on Good Morning America!”

While this added comment is itself part of a blindly copied-and-pasted message, it’s all too easy to interpret this as a direct comment from your friend or family member.

Facebook has clearly debunked the hoax with the following simple message:

Friends don’t let friends copy and paste memes. While Priscilla and Mark’s pledge to give money to improve the world is…

Posted by Facebook on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Have you ever fallen for a trick like this? Have you seen this shared by your friends or family?

  1. be careful what you open and tick like to on Facebook, several years ago a friend of mine clicked on a link, it infected her facebook and somehow invaded her messages and sent out porn websites to all of us, anyone who clicked on it, then had their friends list invaded and so it went on. Porn was flying everywhere. fortunately she warned me but many were very insulted and offended and removed her from their friends list

  2. I am not sure of the purpose of this “scam”. Is it in fact really a scam? It does not seem to be aimed at taking money from anyone. Is it just another one of those extremely annoying nuisance posts that attracts your attention and wastes your time?

    • I should think that whoever created the scam gets a list of gullible people, who can be targeted for later scams.

  3. Watch out for the a prize ones that you need to leave your phone no–you end up with no prize-but a dozen $6 calls on your next phone bill.

  4. It’s like those other stupid things that say ‘press like and say hello, and see what happens’, yeah right , but people keep doing it, for what purpose, who knows?

  5. Oh yes! But the great thing about this one was I actually learnt to paste and copy! So hopefully it wasn’t “malware” ! I’ve been told never to type Amen under any post or Yes or Press like and see what happens! I normally don’t do these things and I don’t know why exactly the Mark Zuckerberg one got me! He’s such an amazingly generous person,and I’m the eternal optimist,So, there you have it! Sucked in!

  6. I don’t copy and paste, like or share any of the numerous things that come out. I would guess 99% are fake. It is incredibly easy to find photos or logos and create a sob story, amazing give away or hoax of any type. One I’ve seen are posts forwarded by a friend that cleverly ask get to know you type things in a succession of questions, which end with things like where were you born and questions that aid in identity theft.

  7. The same goes for those emotionally blackmailing posts which ask you to “share if you have a heart” or “like” so great grandma or a kid on crutches can get 5000 “likes”.

    • I refuse to share anything that is a ‘blackmail’ such as ‘if you care’ or ‘if you are my friend’. Load of rubbish. Maybe I’m too cynical.

      • Jan Edwards  

        No you aren’t too cynical I’d just say you were sensible. I have problems with those like if you have a heart or cruel if you ignore. Nothing comes for free anyway.

    • Cheryl Hart No, I don’t believe you are cynical. Not at all. I now comment on those post that sharing emotional blackmailing posts is silly and call it for what it is.

    • I don’t understand those posts asking you to say “amen”! What’s that all about?

    • Judy Green They are just the same sort of thing I described earlier, Judy, I don’t know, but I think they are originally posted by people who just want to see how many replies they get. Totally pointless IMO.

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