I don't know why people keep falling for these things. My goodness! Over and over again, they fall for it
Thousands of people have been duped by a Facebook scam that promises the chance to cash in on the site's billions.
A hoax circulating on Facebook claims Mark Zuckerberg will give those who share the post, along with tagged friends, the chance to win $4.5 million. whwich is proven to be a lie!
The original message reads
: 'Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock.
'What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10 per cent of it away to people like YOU and ME!
'All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY and tag 5-10 of your friends.
'At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day's posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection and philanthropy.'
Other version of the hoax message include one that praises the Facebook founder for his 'forward-thinking generosity'.
Another says they saw the story verified on 'Good Morning America.'
The false message started on December 1st when Mark Zuckerberg announced the birth of his daughter, Maxima.
The Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan announced the birth with a photograph and a surprising pledge to give away a huge percentage of their Facebook fortune.
In a Facebook post entitled, 'A letter to our daughter', the couple revealed plans to set up an initiative to support good causes.
They pledged to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook shares - currently valued at $46 billion - to its work.
That would leave them with $460 million for themselves and their new child - based on Facebook's current valuation - plus any private wealth held by the couple or future earnings beyond the social network.
It is not clear who posted the original hoax, but the site has since said the claims are 'untrue.
This isn't the first time a hoax has become popular on Facebook.
In September, a scam that involved users sharing a pre-written status began doing the rounds on the site.
The post suggests the site is about to make their private information public.