There's a rumor that's been going around for a long time now. Have you heard it?
It has to do with Facebook and subscription fees. People claimed that Facebook would begin charging users a membership fee of $9.99 for a Gold membership, $6.99 for a Silver membership or $3.99 for a Bronze membership. The claims regularly ended with inflated statements like, "When you log in to your Facebook account tomorrow, you'll be prompted for your payment information." And they encouraged people to share the message with others.
This rumor has been circulating around the web, in one form or another, since 2009. Claims similar to those previously mentioned were made, and a protest page was created.
The protest page was, of course, a hoax - and clicking certain links within it launched malicious script, and took over the users' computers and infected them with malware.
Not surprisingly, the same hoax was repeated. In 2010, another incident happened, and many people believed the false claims even though Facebook's chief operating officer, Cheryl Sandberg, announced that the claims were false.
This all might sound like yesterday's news, but it looks like claims of Facebook subscription fees are beginning to resurface. This particular round claims that Facebook will begin charging fees this summer, and that your account will be disabled if you don't pay the fee. Plus, the post encourages people to post the status to their feed by "midnight". However, no official time stamp or deadline is mentioned.
Of course, the claims are nonsense. If you see them pop up in your news feed, you should ignore them.
This isn't the only Facebook scam that's spreading right now. There's also a fake coupon spreading from feed to feed and tricking people into giving out their personal information. Click here to learn more about it.