Dear Computer Lady,
I just saw a notice that facebook will soon be charging a monthly fee. Do you know anything about this?
I can’t really afford to pay for facebook, but I do use it to stay in touch with my friends every day.
I do know something about this notice that you saw. It is a hoax, an attmpt to get you to visit a bogus website that will infect your computer. Facebook does not have any plans to charge a fee for use of their site. Actually, I’m pretty sure they are making good money from advertisers on their site.
There is a detailed article about this scan at snopes.com. You can use this link to read it:
You probably saw this warning in an email message that included a link to a web page where you were promised that you could join a protest against the supposed upcoming fee.
The protest page is actually a trap. If you click on parts of that page, your computer will be hijacked, you might find disturbing pictures on your screen, and malware will be installed on your computer.
My advice about such emails is to always check and see if they are true or not before you take action or forward them on to others.
The best place I have found to research these types of email is at www.snopes.com You can even sign up for a newsletter from Snopes that will keep you up to date on all the latest email hoaxes.