If David Fincher's The Social Network taught us anything, it's that you can't always trust those close to you. This rings even more true when your best friends start sharing fake scams on their Facebook pages thinking they're going to randomly luck into $4.5 million of Mark Zuckerberg's hard-earned and graciously gifted Facebook shares.
After their daughter Max was born earlier this year, Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg pledged to donate 99%—roughly $45 billion in Facebook shares—to charity, the Internet ran wild with the idea that just anyone might be coming into some serious spending money for the holidays.
Over the course of the last month, a message like the one below have been circulating the Internet and tricking hopeful and gullible Facebook users into believing they will be awarded a sizable amount of cash.
According to Good Morning America, Not a hoax! 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 post 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.
Too good to be true, right? Right! To be fair, almost anything labeling itself as "not a hoax" while using this much capitalization is likely to be a scam.
Good Morning America later noted that they never confirmed this situation, nor do they know where the hoax originated, although I imagine it looked something like this:
Facebook also chimed in on their official profile, warning users with the following message:
While we may never know who exactly started this web of lies, we do know that they weren't the first, and they certainly won't be the last. Like Nigerian princes and distant deceased relatives promising a chunk of their inheritance, Facebook isn't going to be giving any of us money. So let's all go forth into 2016 with the resolution that we will not give out any personal information to unknown sources!