Eerie messages or elaborate hoax? Dead girlfriend communicates with Reddit user via Facebook

Unless it's an elaborate hoax, Facebook may be emerging as the social network of choice for those who have passed on.

A man has taken to social-news website Reddit to tell his tale, where his girlfriend who died in a car crash in 2012 had been communicating with him via Facebook since September 2013.

"Em had been dead for approaching thirteen months when she first messaged me," said "Nathan" on Reddit.

Nathan said Emily died Aug. 7, 2012 in a three-car collision, but he left Emily's Facebook account activated as it was "too finaly (and too un-Emily) to memorialize it."

He said he shares access to Emily's Facebook account with Emily's mother Susan.

But he said the alleged messages from the afterlife started Sept. 4 last year, though he first thought it was Emily's mother - or one of Emily's more tech-savvy friends.

"I noticed pretty much immediately that whoever was chatting with me was recycling old messages from Em and my’s shared chat history," he said.

Around February 2014, he said Emily started tagging herself in his photos. He said this would happen in "random photos every couple of weeks."

On March 15, he sent the "hacker" who he thought was toying with Emily's account a message, asking why he/she kept tagging Emily. He got an "answer" March 25.

While he said Emily's account had so far been "recycled" from their past conversations, he received her first "original word" on May 8: "FRE EZIN G."

"This has given me nightmares that have only started to kick in recently. I keep dreaming that she’s in an ice cold car, frozen blue and grey, and I’m standing outside in the warmth screaming at her to open the door. She doesn’t even realise I’m there. Sometimes her legs are outside with me," he said.

On May 24, Nathan said he finally memorialized Emily's Facebook page- but this was apparently not enough to silence her. However, he received another message from Emily July 1.

"I don’t know what to do anymore. Do I kill her memorial page? What if it is her? I want to puke. I don’t know what’s happening," he said - before he heard a Facebook alert.

Elaborate hoax

An article on Jezebel.com said that if Nathan were lying, "he's spent a great deal of time putting together some haunted screenshots."

— Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News