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Call 6: Beware of Facebook hoax

Posted at 3:46 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 15:46:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- A hoax is circulating on Facebook in which the scammer copies a profile of one of your friends and messages you about an opportunity.

The message says that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is offering a promotion to randomly picked profiles.

The scammer then provides a phone number with a 512 area code.

Once you text the number, the person asks you to wire $3,000 to Roanoke, Virginia, and in return, UPS will deliver $200,000 in winnings in the next seven hours.

Call 6 Investigates texted the number.

“You have to get to Walmart right now so that we can give you full details,” read the text. “You have to make the payment through via money gram at Walmart.”

Call 6 Investigates contacted the security team at Facebook, who said it’s a hoax, and people should report spam or hoax messages to their spam-fighting team.

“Report suspicious accounts for us to review, e.g. if you think someone is impersonating a friend,” said Melissa Ensign, security communications spokesperson for Facebook. “Impersonating someone else on Facebook is against our community standards and we can take action to remove those profiles.”

You can find instructions to report hoaxes or spam in the Help Center on Facebook.

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