Various posts circulating on Facebook are claiming that, if you type ‘#177’ into a comment and a green line appears, it means that you have been hacked. Some of the posts include a screenshot that appears to show that the test actually works.
The claim is just a silly prank. Entering #177 is certainly not a valid way to check if your Facebook account has been hacked. If you enter ‘#177’, nothing but ‘#177’ will appear, even if you HAVE been hacked. But, some pranksters have apparently posted images of green bars in comments as a way of tricking their friends into believing that the test actually works. The image that circulates with the posts is a screenshot depicting these prank comments.
Comment #177 and if that green line shows up you’ve been hacked before!???? tag friends see if they have ????????” underneath
Various messages currently zooming around the interwebs via social media claim that you can see if your Facebook account has been hacked just by entering the code ‘#177’ as a Facebook comment. If you’ve been hacked, claim the messages, a green line will appear as the comment. Some versions of the message include a screenshot (see above) that appears to show the hacking test in action. The screenshot displays a series of comments, some of which show ‘#177’ while others show a green bar.
However, the supposed hacking test – and the screenshot that ‘proves’ it – is just a prank. If you enter ‘#177’ into a comment you’ll get – you guessed it – ‘#177’. Even if your account has been hacked, entering #177 will still only display #177.
Of course, it is simply nonsense to suggest that entering that code will somehow magically display a green line if and only if intruders have clandestinely accessed your Facebook account. If only life was that simple.
For the record, 177 is the # Hex colour code for a shade of green.
Last updated: March 16, 2016
First published: March 16, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!