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Watch out! Facebook is NOT closing in March - please don't spread the hoax!

It's the first calendar quarter of the year, and with February and March on the visible horizon, we're seeing the annual reappearance of "Facebook is closing" hoaxes.

Even if you think they're funny, please don't help them to spread...

Seriously folks, you should know that Facebook warning about a virus *burning* your hard disk is bunk

Seriously folks, you should know Facebook hoax about a virus *burning* your hard disk is bunk

Facebook users have been sharing a warning about a virus that "burns the entire hard disk".

It's nonsense, of course. When will people learn?

Talking Angela iPhone app scare spreads on Facebook

Talking Angela iPhone app scare spreads on Facebook

A warning spreads on Facebook about "Talking Angela", an app that gives your children some animated cat chat.

Malheureusement, it's all too simple for people to share warnings - rather than check if the facts are true.

Racist "McDonald's" notice posted on Facebook is designed to generate calls of complaint to KFC

Racist "McDonald's" notice posted on Facebook is designed to generate calls of complaint to KFC

Is a branch of McDonald's really charging African-Americans an extra $1.50?

Of course not, but thousands of Facebook fans are spreading the story regardless.

Facebook will be closed for maintenance between Feb 29-31 - joke chain letter spreads

Facebook will be closed for maintenance between Feb 29-31 - joke chain letter spreads

Messages have been spreading on Facebook claiming that the social network will be closed between February 29th and February 31st, 2013.

And, of course, it's kinda true. Don't try to log in on June 31st either...

My Birthday Calendar warning spreads quickly on Facebook, generating panic

My Birthday Calendar warning spreads quickly on Facebook, generating panic

Facebook users are spreading a warning to their friends and family online about a supposedly malicious application called "My birthday calendar".

But are there real lessons to be learnt about sharing information on Facebook?

Facebook won't donate money for boy's life-saving surgery after he saved his sister from rapist. Because it's a hoax

Facebook won't donate money for boy's life-saving surgery after he saved his sister from rapist. Because it's a hoax

Seriously - would Facebook really donate 45 cents everytime someone shares a story about a boy saving his six-year-old sister from rape?

Please don't believe everything you read on Facebook.

Facebook price grid hoax panics users into sharing message

Facebook price grid hoax panics users into sharing message

The kindness of friends is helping perpetuate an ongoing hoax that has spread widely across Facebook.

If you've seen such a message, posted by one of your Facebook friends, do them and the other billion users of Facebook a favour, and tell them that it's a hoax.

Why you shouldn't forward the "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter

Why you shouldn't forward the "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter

You shouldn't forward chain letters even if they're true. You definitely shouldn't forward them if they're false.

And the latest false warning doing the rounds is a perennial hoax - the so-called Invitation FACEBOOK/Olympic Torch virus warning.

Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Facebook users are sharing messages warning that children are being targeted with strawberry-flavoured crystal meth.

But is there any truth in the widespread warning?

Don't fall for the Recovering American Soldier hoax

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A message spreads on Facebook telling you how you can send a Christmas card to an anonymous American soldier - but all is not what it seems.

Facebook WON'T donate 45 cents per share for beaten boy's surgery. It's a hoax!

Hoax! Facebook donates 45 cents per share for beaten boy's surgery

Almost 200,000 Facebook users have been duped into sharing and reposting a message about a 14 year old boy who was allegedly beaten badly by his stepfather after protecting his little sister from being raped.

Hoax! Little boy needs 100 Facebook shares for a heart transplant

Hoax! Little boy needs 100 Facebook shares for a heart transplant

A new hoax is spreading between Facebook users, in the mistaken belief that sharing a picture of a sick boy in intensive care will grant him a heart transplant.

Nails in pieces of cheese left at dog parks? A Facebook scare ignites

Nails found in pieces of cheese left at dog parks? A Facebook scare ignites

If you want a rumour to go into overdrive, then Facebook is the place to kick things off.

A message is being shared widely between Facebook users, telling dog owners to be careful if they take their pet to the park - as there might be pieces of cheese lying around containing nails. But what are the real facts?

Facebook price grid? $9.99 for gold membership? The charging hoax continues to spread

Facebook price grid? $9.99 for gold membership? The charging hoax continues to spread

Duped Facebook users are sharing a message with their online friends, believing it will help them avoid charges of between $3.99 and $9.99 per month.

Of course, the chain letter is completely bogus - and should not be forwarded.

Facebook to start charging? It's poppycock!

Facebook to start charging? It's poppycock!

Will Facebook start charging due to the new profile changes?

No.

But don't let the truth get in the way of a good old-fashioned chain letter, spreading like billy-o across the social network.

Facebook privacy bathroom settings joke reveals a serious security message

Facebook privacy bathroom settings joke reveals a serious security message

A joke chain letter about how you can change your Facebook privacy settings to prevent the site creeping into the bathroom and stealing your towel is certainly amusing..

But users shouldn't feel too smug about their privacy on the social network.

Son shot himself in the chest with a nail gun? It's another Facebook chain letter

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An urgent prayer request is being shared on Facebook, asking users to pray for a child shot by a brad nailer.

Would you forward the chain letter, or do a little investigation first?

Facebook to start charging this summer? Hoax spreads across social network

Facebook charging this summer hoax spreads across social network

Some Facebook users have started posting a message on their walls, and encouraging their friends and family to do the same, claiming that Facebook will start charging this summer.

Visit the New Facebook scare spreads on Facebook

Visit the New Facebook scare spreads on Facebook

Warnings are being posted across Facebook, warning users to beware messages from friends that invite them to "Visit the New Facebook".

But is it a real threat, or a hoax?