US Election voting booth hoax spreads on Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook users are mistakenly sharing a warning with each other about how to behave in voting booths during today’s elections for the American presidency.

“PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THIS!!! In the event that you are planning to vote democrat on Nov. 6, when you go into the voting booths, DO NOT SELECT THE BUTTON “all democrats” first, because Barack Obama will be excluded from the vote. However, if we choose “Barack Obama” first, and then “all democrats”, he will earn our votes. People are not being told this information, because they are trying to use every trick in the book. TELL EVERYBODY YOU KNOW THIS! PLEASE FORWARD to as many people as possible even!!”

According to reports, the warning is not only confusing and alarmist – but could lead to some voters getting muddled and not voting for their preferred candidate…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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