A viral con that first picked up on Facebook in May last year is doing the rounds again – this time on Twitter.
The hoax focusses on a warning – usually posted in "How To" or "For Sale" Facebook groups – that tells people to look out for a person (who is usually pictured) that will arrive at their house requesting to try out their for-sale washing machine, before taking their clean clothes and leaving.
The tweet from Luke Donkin seems to be the main reason the hoax is going viral again. Thousands of people have responded to the tweet.
Or maybe we're stuck in some sort of meme paradox used by the government to keep the public entertained and placid. That could also be a reason. Who knows.
The warning comes almost exactly a year after another Facebook post about a washing machine deal gone horribly wrong went viral, in part because of its hilarious content, but also because it appears to have become a meme.
In 2016, a post to a "buy and swap" Facebook group called Vic Deals started to get a lot of attention. It was about this guy, who we'll just call the Washing Machine Bandit, who apparently pulled off one of the funniest cons in history.
A man named Jordan Baker posted the "***WARNING***" and was keen on letting the rest of the group know that the Washing Machine Bandit had used his washer and dryer, feigning interest in buying them, but saying he wanted to test them first. He apparently hopped in his car and left once his clothes were washed and dried. It was hilarious.
Hundreds of comments and shares accumulated as people started posting the warning to their own page, whether out of genuine concern for the public or out of complete shock and awe with the story. Later that day, the post was deleted.