Facebook Rumors & Hoaxes
100 Facebook Shares Help Boy Get Free Heart Transplant?
Viral postings claim a little boy will receive a free heart transplant if a photo of him is shared 100 times on Facebook.
Amber Alert Grey Car Plate #72B 381
Recurring hoax claims a 3-year-old child was abducted by a man driving a grey car, Quebec license plate #72B 381 (or Q72B381).
Amber Alert: Nijaey Hilton
Viral alerts urge assistance finding 5-year-old Nijaey Hilton, who was reported missing from her East Harlem, New York City apartment on Dec. 3, 2013.
Amy Bruce Chain Letter
The sad, untrue story of 7-year-old lung cancer victim Amy Bruce — another "dying child" who doesn't really exist.
Audrin King Prayer Request
Circulating via Facebook and Twitter, a prayer request for 2-year-old "Audrin King" (actually Audri Kate King), who has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.
Bitstrips App Is Secretly an NSA Trojan Horse
Online "news story" claims the popular social media app Bitstrips is actually an NSA Trojan horse designed to spy on you by tapping your Facebook feed and cell phone.
Bobby Roberts Hacker Warning
Viral alert warns users not to accept friend requests from Bobby Roberts, an alleged hacker.
Capri Sun Mold Warning
Viral image shows a glob of mold found in a pouch of Capri Sun fruit drink in Feb. 2013. Similar incidents have been reported before and since.
'Charlie Sheen Found Dead at Home' Clickjacking Scam
Links to a nonexistent video entitled "Charlie Sheen Found Dead at Home" have prompted the circulation of warnings that the links contain a "virus." Security experts say it's a clickjacking scam.
Christmas Cards for Dalton Dingus
A chain letter requesting Christmas cards for 9-year-old Dalton Dingus, a terminally ill cystic fibrosis patient who hoped to set a Guinness World Record for most Christmas cards received.
Christmas Tree App Virus
Wall postings warn of a supposed "worst ever trojan-virus" circulating in the form of a Facebook application.
'Clarissa' Chain Letter
Chain letter tells the story of Clarissa, a little girl placed in a mental hospital for killing her mother and father.
Derek Wyatt, Fallen Marine
Facebook status updates call for honoring fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Derek Wyatt, who was killed in Afghanistan, leaving behind a wife and newborn son.
Diego Méndez Prayer Request
Prayer chain letter circulating via Facebook and Twitter requests prayers for Diego Mendez, a 5-year-old boy said to be critically injured when a TV set fell on his head.
Dog Park Alert: Nails in Cheese
Viral image purports to document a 'new trend' at dog parks, namely people leaving cheese and ham mixed with nails to cause injury and death to pets.
'Everyone's Phone Numbers Are Now on Facebook'
Viral wall postings claim Facebook has suddenly made all members' phone numbers accessible to the public.
Facebook Attempting to Ban Nativity Picture?
Viral wall posting claims Facebook is asking members to remove a picture of the nativity scene because it's "offensive."
Facebook Cartoon Profile Pic Fad Was Started by Pedophiles
Fast-spreading rumor claims the idea of replacing Facebook profile photos with pictures of cartoon characters was started by pedophiles.
Facebook to Start Charging a Monthly Fee
Online postings claim the social media website Facebook is about to start charging members a monthly fee for basic services.
Facebook Closed for Maintenance Feb. 29th to 31st
Prank posting says Facebook will be closed for maintenance on the nonexistent dates of Feb. 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2013.
Facebook Copyright Notice
Viral text containing legalese about privacy and copyright purports to protect Facebook members against use and distribution of their content.
Facebook Deleting Inactive Users
Chain message circulating on Facebook claims the service is overpopulated and "unacceptably slow," so members must prove they're still active by reposting or forwarding the message to others.
Facebook 'Graph App' and Privacy
Viral postings claim Facebook's new 'graph app' (graph search) feature compromises members' privacy and will make all their photos, comments and likes visible to total strangers.
Viral postings advise Facebook members against clicking the "Not Now" button when receiving friend requests to avoid getting the requesting member banned.
Facebook Privacy Settings
Viral wall postings purport to explain steps Facebook members can take to protect the privacy of their comments and likes.
Facebook Shutting Down on March 15, 2011
Online rumor claims Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the site will be shutting down on March 15, 2011.
Facebook 'Stalker' Apps
Scam messages and wall postings purport to offer an app that reveals who is "stalking" you or "creeping around your profile" on Facebook.
Facebook to Start Charging this Summer
Chain message claims Facebook plans on charging everyone but those who spread the message a fee for basic services beginning this summer.
Facebook Video Ads (Zuckerberg Photo)
Viral photo attributed to Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is considering video ads on member pages and offers users the opportunity to vote against them by sharing it with their friends.
Facebook Will End on May 15th, 2013
Viral "news story" claims Facebook will end on May 15, 2013 because founder Mark Zuckerberg finds managing the company too stressful.
Gerber Banana Baby Food Recall
Rumor claims jars of Gerber Banana Baby Food with 2012 expiration date should be returned because they may contain glass.
'Giraffe Challenge' Hacker Warning
Viral messages warn that participants in the "Giraffe Challenge" game who replaced their profile pics with giraffe photos are being hacked by members of Anonymous.
'Girl Killed Herself on Halloween' Scam
Scam Facebook postings tout video of a girl who supposedly killed herself on Halloween. Links redirect users to a survey page.
'Girl Who Killed Herself' Virus
Circulating on Facebook: warnings that wall postings about a girl who committed suicide contain a devastating computer virus.
Hackers Post Porn Movies in Members' Profiles
Viral wall posting claims hackers are gaining control of Facebook members' accounts and posting links to pornographic movies on their profile pages.
Harly A. Andrews Prayer Request
Prayer chain letter circulating via Facebook and Twitter requests prayers for Harly A. Andrews (also spelled Harley A. Andrews), a 5-year-old said to be in intensive care after being injured in an automobile accident.
Share to Help Save Infant Burn Victim
Viral medical appeal for infant burn victim claims Facebook will donate $3 for every share, $1 for every like. It's a hoax.
Share to Help Save Baby with Cancer
According to wall postings, members can help save a kid with eye cancer by sharing the message, for which Facebook will pay one dollar per share.
'Invitation Facebook' Virus Warning
Viral alerts warn users to avoid opening messages with an attachment called 'INVITATION FACEBOOK' which supposedly contains a virus that opens an Olympic torch and "burns your hard drive."
Kayla Scott Prayer Request
Viral prayer request circulating on behalf of "Kayla Scott" (and several other names) claims a 22-month-old boy was critically injured while playing with a brad nailer (nail gun).
Linda Smith / Jason Lee / Amy Allen 'Virus' Warning
Hoax message circulating among Facebook users warns that accepting friend requests from members named Linda Smith, Jason Lee, Jason Allen, Amy Allen (and others) will cause a virus to be downloaded to your computer.
Photo Tagging 'Virus'
A "new" viral message warns Facebook users of a virus supposedly transmitted when you receive a notification that you've been tagged in a picture and click on a link to see it.
Profile Hacker Warning
Viral rumor warns that hackers are stealing profile pictures to create fake Facebook accounts and impersonate other members.
Smartphone Pictures Pose Privacy Risks
Viral warnings say photos taken with smartphones pose a privacy and safety risk, particularly for children, because geographical location (geotagging) information may be embedded in the images.
'Spider Growing Under Skin' Clickjacking Scam
Phoney status updates purport to link to a video showing a spider growing under someone's skin. It's actually a self-replicating survey scam.
Starbucks Gift Card Scam
Scam wall postings promise free Starbucks gift cards to users who share the offer with friends.
Switch to Pink, Gold, Black or Red Profile Color
Wall posts offering Facebook members a "Limited Time!" opportunity to change their profile to include a gold, black, pink, or red logo are a scam designed to redirect traffic to online survey sites
'This Baby Has Cancer' Hoax
Viral posting claims Facebook will donate $1 to defray the medical costs of a baby with cancer every time it's shared.
Tim Hortons Gift Card Scam
Scam wall postings promise free Tim Hortons gift cards to users who share the offer with friends.
Viral postings tout a New Year's Eve service provided by AAA called "Tipsy Tow," a free alternative to drinking and driving.
'Tsunami Whale Video' Clickjacking Scam
Beware of Wall postings inviting you to view a "graphic video" of a whale smashed against a building by the March 11 tsunami in Japan.
Facebook Privacy Notice
Viral text purports to protect the privacy and intellectual property rights of Facebook members who copy and paste it to their walls.