Posted by: David Harley | January 5, 2011

Ancient Chainletter Revived

A chain letter very familiar to my generation of hoax connoisseurs has resurfaced with a contemporary twist. Years ago we used to see a lot of chainmail “warning” users of webmail services that their accounts will be deleted unless they prove that they’re active users of the service by forwarding a hoax message. This time, however, the message claims that it’s Facebook which is becoming “too popular”.

Apparently, FB is becoming very slow. Not surprising, if all its active members are forwarding fifteen copies of a chain letter…

Full details at

ESET Senior Research Fellow


  1. […] a series of hoaxes announcing that Facebook will be closing down (temporarily or for good), or deleting your account, or starting to charge its customers, and so on. Not to mention the “researcher” who […]

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