Attention, Facebook users: If you really want to own a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, you’ll have to buy one from a dealer, like everyone else. Facebook pages claiming that they are giving away the automobiles to users who enter contests by liking the pages, liking and sharing promotional posts, and choosing the colors of their cars in comments are scams, according to Hoax-Slayer.
Baby products from Johnson & Johnson might be staples in several households, but sadly, the pharmaceutical giant is not giving away free baby relief kits on Facebook. As Hoax-Slayer pointed out, posts of this sort are a scam aimed at baiting Facebook users into participating in surveys.
Same hoax, different date: Facebook is not overpopulated, and the accounts of inactive Facebook users will not be shut down Nov. 15. Hoax-Slayer reported that Facebook is already in the process of deleting hoax posts that suggest otherwise.
Facebook page administrators, beware: There is no such thing as a “Fan Page Verification Program,” and following the instructions in the messages that claim to originate from Facebook Security will lead to login details being compromised as part of a phishing scheme.
The list of hoaxes is never complete, as Hoax-Slayer uncovered a phishing scheme that uses Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as bait, but butchers the spelling of his last name as Zurckerberg.
The Facebook privacy notice hoax that made its way across status updates in June returned with some gusto over Thanksgiving weekend, triggered by the social network’s announcement last week that it is considering changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities.