A new scam circulating on Facebook claims that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be giving away part of their fortune to the actual users in the Facebook community. Users should avoid participating in this hoax as it may lead to malware, identity theft, or other impacts. 


Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving his money to you anytime soon, regardless of what you see posted on your friends’ Facebook feeds.  A new “copy and paste this now!” hoax claiming Zuck will be giving away 10% of his Facebook shares to “people like you and me!” is making its way around the social network — but don’t be fooled into sharing it.

This one comes after Zuckerberg’s announcement that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will be giving away nearly all of their Facebook shares — 99% — to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative LLC.  It went hand in hand with the announcement of the birth of their daughter, Max, in late November. “Nowhere did the Facebook CEO say that a portion of that 99% would go to Facebook users for copying and pasting statuses.”

It’s worth mentioning that these types of hoaxes are nothing new. We saw a similar pranks go viral this year. Like this one promoting a “secret sister gift exchange.” Or this one promising to protect the copyright of the content in your Facebook profile. Before copy and pasting a status, it’s worth doing a quick internet search to make sure you’re not being duped.