Facebook Premium/Gold/Beta is FAKE

fb4And don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise!

After a “friend” on Facebook shared with me a link to a group on Facebook called Facebook Premium Account, she told me that it was in Beta and that Facebook was going to start charging for their regular service and that they were giving out these accounts and that when Facebook started charging that my account would be free. I’m sure this person had the best of intentions in mind to save me from paying in the future for Facebook and to show me a thing or two about Facebook I didn’t know, but this was simply absurd.

I looked at the category for this group and it was listed under “Just for Fun – Facebook Classics” … So? What? That isn’t a clue? I then looked at the admin for the group and it was some guy named Gene Sy. I looked up Gene Sy’s profile and he sure didn’t look like the kind of guy who would be granting free passes for a company that’s probably worth a billion dollars if it were sold tomorrow; he didn’t even look like the kind of guy who would be administering a beta program. So? What? Am I the only one who sees these things?

She countered with the argument that there are so many people who were signed up. OK. So? Just because a hundred people jump off a bridge, then I should do the same thing? No. I’m not smarter than anyone else, I just notice these things that she didn’t. She really wanted to believe she had told me the truth. She started arguing and… Well, let’s just say that she’s no friend because friends are the kind of people who are willing to consider that they are wrong and they admit it when they might be or are. I’m wrong about things on a regular basis. I thought I had just brought home cucumbers and they were zucchini squash but I was wrong. And I’ve been wrong about several other things this week already. So? What? Am I the only who admits these things?

So here’s what I did after the friend had unfriended me. I wrote to Facebook at their intellectual property infringement address. Here’s what they wrote back:

Hi Joseph,

Thanks for providing this information. Please provide a link to this group or the message you received and I will look into this further.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Kieran
User Operations
Facebook

I wrote back and told Kieran that there are so many of these groups that all (he? she? what kind of name is kieran?) you would have to do is search for “Facebook Premium” and you’ll get over 40 hits. Most are the fake groups.

I’ll update you on this scam as I can.

Your comments are most welcome and if you have problems posting, please write to me by my first name at my domain name. Thanks!

Here’s what one of those group logo looks like. They didn’t even bother to get the right font!

UPDATE: IT’S FAKE ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK

Here’s the email I got from them after asking for absolute confirmation:

Hi Joseph,

The message you received is false and can be safely disregarded. I apologize for any confusion this has caused. If you have any further questions, please visit our Help Center at the following address:

http://www.facebook.com/help.php

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Kieran
User Operations
Facebook

10 Responses to Facebook Premium/Gold/Beta is FAKE

  1. Interesting experience you had…but i agree, it is unlikely this story would be true

  2. Why not what? Why is it fake that Facebook would start charging? When is the last time you have seen something given out for free to millions and then suddenly comes with a price?

  3. might not b same thing u mean but i found fb premium gold grp an 1 a premium acct it wrks like they said i get alot info i dont get be4 even can c som1 drops me from there friend list now an other stuff its gr8 u should try 2 i bet u hurt ur friends feeling an thats why he stopped bing friends but u could b nice an get a premuim acct 4 you 2 then u would like it an be able to tell ur friend u no u mad a mistake its good if you can b the bigger person an u say ur rong lots so just be nicer to ur friend bc friends are impt an u shuoldnt let dum things mess up ur freinds

  4. Well, Nicole and paulatt, it's confirmed…

    I got a follow-up email from Facebook and they said that the message I got that Facebook is going to be charging a fee is false. The Facebook Premium Account is fake. If you're in the group, you can expect to see it go bye-bye.