Hoax: IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!!! Watch out for your wall!

Hoax: IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!!! Watch out for your wall!

Summary: Scammers are pushing a hoax on Facebook, warning users that hackers are taking over accounts and posting embarrassing content on Walls. While this can indeed happen, the story is a hoax.

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Facebook users are inadvertently spreading a hoax on the social network, telling each other that hackers are writing insults on your Wall or posting pornographic links that are invisible to you but visible to your friends. This story is false.

The claim is typically phrased as follows:

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!!! Watch out for your wall! Tell a friend! Hackers are now on Facebook and on the walls of your friends, they write insults under your name and you do not know about it!!.You will not see it, but your friends see that your name is written below the written insults. If you get something from me that is offensive, know that it was not me! Copy to your wall...!

A slightly shorter one:

NOTICE FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!!! Watch out for your wall! Tell a friend! Hackers are now on Facebook and on the walls of your friends, they write insults under your name and you do not know about it!!.You will not see it, but your friends see that your name is written below the written insults. If you get something from me that is offensive, know that it was not me! Copy to your wall

A yelling one:

ATTENTION FRIENDS! HACKERS ARE DOING DAMAGE AGAIN ON FACEBOOK! PORNOGRAPHIC MOVIES ARE BEING POSTED ON OUR BEHALF ON THE WALLS OF OUR PROFILES! WE DO NOT SEE THEM, BUT OTHER PEOPLE DO, AS IF IT WERE OUR PUBLICATION! SOMETIME EVEN OUR SUPPOSED Comments APPEARS. IF YOU SEE SUCH A THING IN MY HOMEPAGE, ALERT ME AND DO NOT OPEN IT BECAUSE IT IS A VIRUS! …COPY AND RE POST THIS MESSAGE

Another yelling one:

THE HACKERS ALREADY ENTERED IN FACEBOOK THEY ARE PUTTING PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEOS TO YOUR NAME IN THE WALLS OR PROFILES OF YOUR FRIENDS WITHOUT YOU KNOWING IT. YOU DON´T SEE IT, BUT OTHER PEOPLE CAN SEE IT, AS IF THESE WERE A PUBLICATION THAT YOU MADE! SO IF YOU RECEIVE SOMETHING FROM ME, IT’S NOT MINE! copy this in your wall. It is for the security of YOUR OWN IMAGE!

This hoax is spreading like wildfire on Facebook, despite there being any actual information. You should notice the message does not include a link to an article or police report detailing such actions. It's definitely possible for your account to be hacked, but if something is posted to your Wall, you will see it. If not, it will definitely be in your Activity Log.

As a general word of caution, don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Also, don't blindly copy and paste warnings just because your Facebook friend's status tells you to do so. Although you probably mean well, you could be helping a hoax become more popular on the social network.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Social engineering

    Gotta love it. Unfortunately, most of the users on facebook are dumb (not meaning that to be an insult) and will happily do whatever.

    It's really nothing more that an updated version of the email hoaxes that went around a few years ago of which I was getting 20 or more forwarded to me daily for a while. Just glad I am not on facebook.
    smashandgrab