WARNING: Facebook Does Not Have a ‘Work from Home Program’

FacebookWorkFromHomeScam650Facebook has not launched a program allowing users to work from home and earn “thousands of dollars every month,” and users who fall for the scam face monthly credit-card charges of $94, Hoax-Slayer reported.

According to Hoax-Slayer, some Facebook users are seeing messages similar to this one (unedited):

Have You Ever Considered Working Online?

Melbourne, Australia — 5 hours ago

If you spend much time online and have been wanting to work from home, you might be in luck. Facebook has now released a “Work From Home Program” that will allow people to work from the comfort of their own homes.

To tens of thousands of people, this means that they will soon have a chance to make thousands of dollars every month, from the comforts of their own home, getting paid by checks, direct deposit and even Paypal.

So what happens to unsuspecting users who follow through? According to Hoax-Slayer:

A link in the message takes you to a “breaking news” report that provides details about the supposed program and invites you to click a further link to sign up for a “Facebook Millionaire Kit” at an initial cost of $4.

The report bills itself as official “Facebook News” and implies via a headline that Facebook is currently hiring people for the program. It claims that people can potentially make thousands of dollars per month but warns that only a limited number of “positions” are available.

However, the message is a scam. Facebook has not launched any program like the one described, and the supposed news report is not associated with Facebook in any way.

The fake page is just an attempt to trick users into signing up for the decidedly dodgy Facebook Millionaire Kit.

The link to the kit opens a second page that asks you to provide your name and email address to “check availability.” A second page will then appear that congratulates you on being eligible and invites you to provide credit-card details to get the kit for just $4.

For some users, the relatively small payment of $4 might seem worth spending to check out the “program.” However, they might not notice the fine print on the sign-up form, which states that after an initial seven-day trial period, users will be automatically charged $94 per month.

Other fine print on the page informs users that “results may vary” and that earning samples promoted on the site are “purely illustrative of what may be achieved.”

Readers: Have you seen any similar posts in your News Feeds?

Screenshot courtesy of Hoax-Slayer.

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