Fake Facebook "chain letter" causes panic among users

GMA News Online reports that computer security firm Sophos warned that the chain letter is spreading on Facebook, where recipients were told to post the letter's contents on their statuses, is fake.

GMA News Online reports that computer security firm Sophos warned that the chain letter spreading on Facebook-where recipients are told to post the letter's contents on their statuses-is fake.

The chain letter reads: "It is official. It was even on the news. Facebook will start charging due to the new profile changes. If you copy this on your wall, your icon will turn blue and Facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message on, if not your account will be deleted if you do not pay."


Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley pointed out that "there is no basis to believe the chain letter" since Facebook gets its revenue from advertisers who target Facebook users.

 

Nevertheless, a number of Facebook users fell for the ruse. Whoever thought about the hoax had clearly banked on the "public confusion over Facebook’s recent design changes."

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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