Gullible Facebook Users Duped By Mark Zuckerberg $45 Billion Giveaway Hoax

It's true that Mark Zuckerberg is a new father, with his wife Priscilla Chan having recently given birth to a baby girl. And yes, Mark and Priscilla plan on donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently work in the neighborhood of $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. But no, you don't have a shot at collecting millions of dollars from the giveaway by re-posting a silly message on Facebook.

You've probably seen the latest hoax floating around Facebook, the one that claims the site's co-founder is handing out $4.5 million each to 1,000 randomly selected people who post a specific message and tag at least five of their friends. If there was ever a post that supports the notion of adding a Dislike button, those "something for nothing" posts, as Snopes calls them, would be it.

Mark Zuckerberg

Here's the message in its entirety:

THANK YOU, MARK ZUCKERBERG, for your forward-thinking generosity! And congrats on becoming a dad!

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% 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.

I hope someone I know gets a piece of the pie — let me know if you do!!!
What's most disappointing about these types of messages isn't that they exist, but that people who know better are the ones that typically end up posting them. True fact, every time one of these messages is re-posted, a newly adopted puppy dies of sadness. So does a little piece of me whenever I see a friend or family member fall for this stuff.


This particular hoax draws from Zuckerberg's aforementioned letter and his pledge to donate all but 1 percent of his Facebook shares. That part is at least real, as Zuckerberg joins a growing number of billionaires who have committed to donating their wealth to philanthropic causes.

In the end, it doesn't matter. Once this hoax disappears, another will take its place. After all, we're about due for another reminder that Facebook is going to charge a fee to keep our private information hidden, that is unless we copy and paste a specific message.