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.
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.
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???
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!