Stolen Christmas Lights Facebook Joke Post

Outline:
Message circulating on Facebook is supposedly addressed to someone who attempted to steal Christmas lights from the house of the person who posted the message but inadvertently left his or her phone behind while still logged into Facebook.  The message suggests that people click a link to the thief’s Facebook profile in the hope that someone will know who it is.



Analysis:
A number of people who have seen this post have raised concerns that it may be a scam of some type and have been reluctant to click the link.  Of course, such caution when following links is understandable and commendable.

In this case, however, the post is just a harmless joke that people post to prank their Facebook friends. If you are logged into Facebook, clicking the link will always open YOUR Facebook profile.  This might give you a momentary start given that it might appear that you are being falsely accused of trying to steal Christmas lights.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all there is to it.

The same prank has been deployed via many other Facebook joke posts.  Some versions may ask you to click a link in the hope of identifying a person that others are desperately searching for.  Others may suggest that you click to see the profile of a user who is “hot”, “weird”, or “really geeky”.  In fact, there is endless scope for inventing new versions of these prank messages.   As in the Christmas flavoured variant shown below, the link in the prank posts will always open your own Facebook profile.

Example:
ATTENTION:
To the punk who tried to steal our Christmas lights last night…..you dropped your phone while you were still logged into Facebook… I don’t have to call the cops if you come back and let me talk to you…I’d rather just find out why, and avoid putting someone in jail for a failed attempt at theft. Here’s the profile link to their Facebook… Does anyone local know who this is???
http://www.fb.com/profile.php?





Stolen Christmas Lights Facebook Joke




Last updated: November 30, 2016
First published: November 30, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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