I got it again! It was an email, always forwarded through Facebook, about a virus. You might have received it too.
DO NOT ACCEPT A FRIEND REQUEST FROM A CHRISOPHER DAVIES AND JESSICA DAVIES THEY ARE HACKERS. TELL EVERY 1 ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM, HE’LL BE ON YOUR LIST TOO. HE’LL FIGURE OUT UR COMPUTER’S ID AND ADDRESS , SO COPY & PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF U DON’T CARE. Please also
Tell all contacts from your list not to accept a video called the “Dance of the Pope”. It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on the radio. Fwd this msg to as many as you can!
This is five or six times well intentioned people have been recruited to be ‘mules’ in this hoax.
Here’s the problem. These people seem less interested in the hoax and more in being first! Without exception they have forwarded the message without taking ten seconds to check if it’s real.
Enter the two names and Google delivers a swift response. All the links are to hoax checker sites. It’s the same for “Dance of the Pope.’
Alas, it is only the people who don’t understand this who do this! Go ahead, reread the last sentence. I did.
There’s no universal poison which “formats your mobile.” This is the kind of thing mobile operating systems were designed to prevent. There’s no magic revelation of “UR COMPUTER’S ID AND ADDRESS,” possible through Facebook. That’s why all those “See who’s looking at your profile” pages were scams too.
When I pointed out it was all untrue:
I was just forwarding the message like I was asked to do geoff sorry
Someone, please hold me back. This is why this BS continues to spread.
In August Forbes famously posted an article tiled, “59 Percent Of You Will Share This Article Without Even Reading It.” Of course it happens. People ask questions about my blog posts that are in the blog posts… just farther than they read.
It’s disturbing. When we forward stuff it implies factual endorsement. Nowadays people don’t take that seriously. They want to be first. They care less about being right.
The person who triggered this blog post probably won’t read it.
I will never do this again and I will be deleting you thanks
I have a dollar which says she never tells her friends she sent them something bogus. They’ll be forwarding this email forever.