Surely you've seen the status floating around Facebook, sure to make you or one of your lucky friends insta-rich courtesy of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg -- and all you have to do is copy and paste!

Too bad it's a hoax.

It reads something like this:

"So 4 hours from now...a few people are supposed to be blessed with the following gift smile emoticon Can't wait to see who the winners are tonight. Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is going to give away 4.5 million shares of his Facebook stock tonight at midnight; 10% to people like you and me! All you have to do is copy and paste this to your page and post. Facebook is doing this to show what a powerful tool of connection it is !!! Can't wait to see who wins !!! This is not a hoax !!! It's on Good Morning America !!"
[all sic]

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loading... wasn't on Good Morning America. This is a hoax. Mark Zuckerberg is planning to give away $45 billion worth of Facebook shares throughout the course of his lifetime -- but that is going to charity, not random Facebook users.

The thing is...I've seen SO many people blindly share the status. It takes approximately two seconds to Google something like this to find out if it's really true (although honestly, a little common sense goes a long way here...)

This stupid post has been circulating for at LEAST a week now, so that supposed 4 hours would have come and gone several times!

If you're gonna share something, share this post, so people stop wasting their time thinking they're about to hit it big.

Here's hoping for a hoax-free 2016!

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