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Don't share this dumb Facebook hoax

Don't share this dumb Facebook hoax
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We recently told you about Mark Zuckerberg's shocking announcement that he and his wife plan to give away 99% of their Facebook shares. That was just a few days ago, but scams are beginning to surface already.

As you scroll through your Facebook feed, be cautious. You've probably already seen the viral message that's going around claiming you could receive $4.5 million just for "liking" or sharing.

The message looks something like this:

THANK YOU, MARK ZUCKERBERG, for your forward-thinking generosity! And congrats on becoming a dad! Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day's posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection and philanthropy.


Almost as soon as it hit the Web, Snopes.com explained that the message did not originate from Facebook's founder and was likely a hoax. "The post mimics similar 'something for nothing' scams," Snopes explains. "These posts promise huge prizes for simply liking, sharing, or commenting on a Facebook page, but, as yet, have never resulted in cash windfalls."

So, if you've already shared the post, what happens now? Well, nothing. So far, the post has not been found to have any hidden malware or viruses associated with it. But, anyone who fell for one of these three costly Facebook scams will tell you, next time you might not be so lucky.

Overall, the only negative effect for Facebook users who have shared the post is that they look a little silly. "I figured it wouldn't hurt to try," many said in their posts, while others thanked Zuckerberg for his overwhelming generosity.

Once again, always be careful when clicking and sharing links online. Use these tips to see if a site is safe before you click.

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Source: Slate
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