Afternoon. Browsing Facebook. A friend's status message read:
"This Girl killed herself after her dad Posted something on her wall!http://bit.ly/fClneO"
It was followed by another status message. Same friend:
"I honestly started crying after i saw this http://bit.ly/fClneO"
Other friends followed:
This Girl killed herself after her dad Posted something on her wall!http://apps.facebook.com/sadgl
I honestly started crying after i saw this http://apps.facebook.com/sadgl
I think clicking on those links wouldn't be harmful, but if you click on their links further, that would probably be unsafe. But if you think you're safe, go ahead. I retained the links for your... pleasure?
Hoaxy, I thought:
What my friends wrote wasn't them, personality-wise, and that wasn't how any of them write their statuses.
I clicked on a link, and a Facebook page appeared, with a hyperlinked image (see screenshot below). What appeared was NOT a news story. Just screams "HOAX!" in all caps with an exclamation point (no quotes).
|Actual screenshot of that hoax/scam on my end. Click to view original size (957x678).|
Here are some links to my search:
- My Google search (search terms: Facebook girl killed herself dad)
- Hoax-Slayer (one of my favorite anti-hoax/scam sites): Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
- Softpedia: Facebook 'Girl Kills Herself' Scam Returns with Clickjacking Twist
- Sophos (IT security blog): Girl who killed herself virus hoax spreads on Facebook