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Facebook Hoax – ‘Send Message to Twenty People to Stay Active’

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on February 11, 2015

According to this message, which purports to be from “the Facebook Company”, you must send the same message on to twenty people to “stay active”. The message warns that your account will be disconnected if you do not send the message as instructed.


It also advises you to call a listed customer support number if you suspect that the message is fake.

Of course, the message certainly is a fake and a quite crudely rendered fake at that. It mirrors a number of earlier hoaxes that claim that Facebook or another online service will terminate your account if you do not send a message to a specified number of people.

Any message that makes such a claim is certain to be a hoax. No legitimate company is ever likely to ask users to prove that they are active by sending on a silly message.

This version may be a rather lame attempt to trick gullible recipients into calling a scammer or telemarketer.

Searches on the listed number indicate that it comes from Wichita, Kansas. I have placed several calls to the number but always received a ‘busy’ signal. Contact analytics website OkCaller.com lists the number as ‘Not Safe’, a label that indicates that a number is a “problematical contact”.

Perhaps the dumbest part of this hoax is the implication that you can actually call Facebook “Support” and get a human support person to answer.

Later versions tack on the absurd and utterly unrelated warning that you should not add a specified Facebook user as a friend because he or she is is a kidnapper.

If you receive this silly hoax message, do not share it with others. Let the sender know that the claims in the message are nonsense. And don’t call the number.


Examples:

If you get a request for Sunny Boyie do not accept, he is a kidnapper Send this to all your friends Hello, we are the company Facebook. You must send this message to 20 people to stay active. If you don’t, you will be disconnected from Facebook if you think this is fake check the customer service  # 3166-91-9111

 

hey look if you get a request for malachi cooper do not accept he is a kidnapper Send this to all your friends Hello, we are the company Facebook … You must send this message to 20 people to stay active. If you dont do this u will be disconnected from facebook if you think this is fake check the customer service of this number 3166-91-9111

 

hey look if you get a request for Austin gault do not accept he is a kidnapper Send this to all your friends Hello, we are the company Facebook … You must send this message to 20 people to stay active. If you dont do this u will be disconnected from facebook if you think this is fake check the customer service of this number 3166-91-9111

 

Hey hey look if you get a request for gabriel montoya not accept xq is a kidnapper Send this to all your friends Hello, we are the company Facebook … You must send this message to 20 people to stay active. If you do this I will be disconnected from facebook if you think this is fake check the customer service of this number 3166-91-9111

 

Hello, we are the Facebook company… You will have to send this message to 20 people to stay active. If you dont do this your acount will be disconected. If you think this is fake please call customer support on this number: 316-691-9111 Thank you for choosing Facebook as your social media app.



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer