Anytime a status update goes viral, we have several readers ask us what’s up with it. Is it a scam? Is it a hoax? We always try to get to the bottom of it and let you know if it’s something to be concerned about.
The latest update circulating on The Social Network is:
Did you know your CELL PHONE has a name? Try this:
1st step: From your cell number, take the last 3 digits. Example- 317-123-4567 , take “567” only.
2nd step: Write this @*[567:0] in the comment box below, replacing 567 with the last 3 digits of your cell number.
3rd step: Remove the * sign and press enter in the comment box.
Your cell phone doesn’t have a name. In fact, this has nothing to do with cell phone numbers at all. The digits and the short code is related to Facebook profile ID numbers. Every profile has an identification number, and following the instructions as they appear in the update will print the name of the person that has the corresponding Facebook profile ID number.
My guess is that someone came across the shortcut and thought they would have some fun with it. It is silly and harmless, although it can get annoying if you keep seeing it over and over again!