Facebook and WhatsApp users are being targeted by a hoax claiming they are about to be charged to send messages.
Earlier this week, users on Facebook began receiving the message that claimed they would need to start paying if they wanted to carry on using the popular the social network.
The spoof message cites an unknown “paper” and claims that Facebook will “become chargeable” from Saturday morning.
The message urges the recipient to forward it to 10 of their contacts in order to prove they are an “avid user” of the service.
The message reads:
“From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see you are an avid user and you logo will become blue and will remain free. (As discussed in paper today.) Facebook will cost 0.01ps per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise facebook billing will be activated.”
The same message is also being sent to WhatsApp users claiming that inactivity will result in them having to pay to use the popular instant messaging service.
A similar hoax was first sent to users back in 2012 but has now made a resurgence.
If you have received the message on either Facebook or WhatsApp, don’t send it to anyone as you’ll just annoy them! Instead just ignore or delete it.
WhatsApp’s instructions for dealing with such messages are pretty clear: “We always advise you to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it.”
Via: Graham Cluley
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