The newest scam contains a message stating that Facebook now has the power to use anyone's personal information, pictures and posts for public use. All Facebook accounts are now allegedly 'public,' and the social networking site will now charge users $5.99 to keep users' accounts private.
However, the scam offers a 'free' way to make an account 'private,' by posting the message itself on a user's wall, even taking the time to emphasize that the message should not be shared, but must be copied then pasted. The message reads:
Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to "private". If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste
As usual, it pays to have a watchful eye over widespread messages on Facebook that seem to ask for re-posting/sharing because of some alleged pressing issue. Adjusting privacy settings can always help, or a simple reminder to friends not to share such things can work wonders for the website as well.