Beware of "Mark Zuckerberg's $45 Billion Charity Giveaway" Facebook Scam
December 29, 2015
If you have seen the post or message below, which claims that Facebook's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 millions to 1,000 persons (a total of $45 billion), please delete it because it is another like-farming scam. The fake post or message is spreading on Facebook and have most people liking it, sharing it or posting the following comment to it: "Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg," thinking they will receive some of Mr. Zuckerberg's fortune by doing so. But, the Facebook co-founder is not giving away millions of dollars to Facebook users who have "liked", shared or commented on the fake post.
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The fake post or message is just another deceitful technique used by scammers to trick Facebook users into making a Facebook post popular, and harvesting the publicly available information of those Facebook users who have "liked",commented or shared the post. The scammers will then use the collected information to attempt to scam the same Facebook users.
The Mark Zuckerberg's $45 Billion Facebook Giveaway Scams and Hoaxes
THANK YOU, MARK ZUCKERBERG, for your forward-thinking generosity! And congrats on becoming a dad! Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day's posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection and philanthropy. I hope someone I know gets a piece of the pie--let me know if you do!!!
So a few hours from now. ..a few people are supposed to be blessed with the following gift smile emoticon Can't wait to see who the winners are tonight. Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is going to give away 4.5 million shares of his Facebook stock tonight at midnight; 10% to people like you and me! All you have to do is copy and paste this to your page and post. Facebook is doing this to show what a powerful tool of connection it is !!! Can't wait to see who wins !!! This is not a hoax !!! It's on Good Morning America !!
The Mark Zuckerberg's Giveaway scam started on December 1, 2015, after Mark shared a post on Facebook announcing the birth of his daughter, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, and pledged to giveaway 99% of his Facebook shares, worth $45 billion, to charity. Scammers then claimed the donated money will go to 1,000 randomly selected persons who have "liked", shared or commented on the fake post, but that is not true. The money Mr. Zuckerberg claims he will be donating, will go to charitable organizations, not to a few persons. Mark's aim is to, eliminate poverty and hunger, provide everyone with basic health care, protect the environment, cure diseases and find solutions to other detrimental problems we are currently facing on this planet. So, giving all his money to a few individuals will not help to achieve his goals.
Remember, always check with reputable news source before taking part in any activity on Facebook or the rest of the internet, which claims that there is free money giving away. Because liking, commenting on and sharing the scam, will only help to spread it to other Facebook users and make the scammers responsible for it earn money. Scammers earn money when they make a page popular and are able to sell it to the highest bidder, along with the names and other public information of the persons who liked or shared the scam. And, as we have said before, the same scammers may use the information to attempt to scam the same Facebook users who were tricked by the scam.
I guess, the last thing we want to do is to make these scammers rich by tricking you and others into liking, commenting on, and sharing a Facebook post. So, if you have already liked, commented on, or shared the scam, please unlike, remove your comment and "unshare" it. Click here for instructions on how to remove things you have already posted on Facebook.
Also, if the scam appears on your Facebook Timeline or Wall, please report it to Facebook and remove it.
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