Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag Theory for October 2012

Beware! It's a Cyber World: Summary -- Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag for October 2012

Widely circulating email Facebook message states that October 2012 has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays and that this combination of days only happens once in 823 years.

The message on Facebook looks like:

 And reads as:


This year October has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called Money Bags. So Share this at your wall and money will arrive within 4days. (Based on Chinese Feng Shui)"

Beware! It's a Cyber World: Explanation -- Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag for October 2012

This message, which has been circulating via social networking websites as well as email, claims to reveal an "interesting fact" about October 2012 in that the month has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays. The message claims, on the basis of Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag Theory, that this particular combination of days in October only happens once in every 823 years.

It's just a hoax even though it is completely right that October 2012 has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays; but, such a combination happens far more often than every 823 years. The message is just a reshaped version of very similar - and equally erroneous and baseless - messages about  October 2010 and July 2011

'Help find Kara': Trended on Twitter, but was a hoax

The tweet by Kara Alongi was re-tweeted for  33752 times and she gained hundreds of followers after asking people on Twitter to call 911 on Sunday evening. People re-tweeted her message and the hashtag "#helpfindkara" trended on the social network.  

According to Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb, investigators later received information leading them to believe the Twitter message was a hoax.

 The 16-year-old Kara Alongi was last heard from Sunday evening when she allegedly tweeted "There is somone in my hour ecall 911." It is assumed the message was intended to indicate someone was inside her house and that she wanted authorities to get notified.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Reborn Hoax -- Reality of 'Visit the New Facebook/Timeline' Link

Beware! Its a Cyber World -- 'Visit the New Facebook' Link: Summary

A message is widely spreading on social network 'Facebook' claiming that if any Facebook user receives a message from someone, even from his/her friends' list, asking to click a link titled as 'Visit the New Facebook'; don't open the link as it may lead the user to a hacker's trap and may lose the access to his/her Facebook account.

The message looks like:

Reborn Hoax -- Reality of 'Visit the New Facebook/Timeline' Link
And reads as:

"W A R N I N G .. ! ! .....W A R N I N G .. ! !
If someone in your profile or a
friend sends you a LINK that says
... NOT open it. If you do, you're
... ... ... ... ... sure to say GOODBYE to your
Facebook account. This is actually
a trap by a HACKER who steals
your details and REMOVES you
permanently from your own
page. please COPY and paste it
on your wall and send it to your
groups too"
Beware! Its a Cyber World -- 'Visit the New Facebook' Link: Explanation
There are plenty of phishing scams and hacking attempts from internet fraudsters and cyber criminals trying to gain access to Facebook accounts; but in this specific case there's no reality and the warning is totally baseless. 
According to Facebook, "this re-worded hoax message is currently circulating. The original, whose warning was "Visit New Facebook", began circulating about a year ago. Now, with the recent introduction of the Timeline, someone has changed the message to say "Visit New Timeline", but the claims in the message are still untrue." 
According to Snopes; this warning is nothing more than a hoax spread by well-meaning but credulous Facebook users: there have been no recorded instances of "Visit the new Facebook" come-ons containing malicious links of any kind (only warnings about them) and none of the major computer security/anti-virus software companies has reported users' actually encountering Facebook info-stealing malware that reached them in such fashion. 
Therefore, the simple advice is not to pass on such sensational alerts without confirmation to your Facebook friends. Some hoaxes malign companies and individuals. You don’t want to be responsible for damaging the reputation of an innocent party just by automatically posting a story to your wall. It is great to spread useful information and legitimate warnings to your friends – just do a little fact finding before clicking “share.” 

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