Facebook hoax hitting inboxes telling users their accounts been cloned

Angelica Greene
October 8, 2018

"Hi.I actually got another friend request from you yesterday.which I ignored so you may want to check your account".

You may have spent all weekend anxious that your Facebook account had been hacked. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too....

If you are an avid Facebook user, you've probably noticed that quite a few of the people on your friends' list have been posting that they've gotten hacked.

The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned.

In 2016, a similar mass cloning scam occurred on Facebook. If it has, report the profile to Facebook.

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While cloned accounts can be an issue - when fraudsters set up fake accounts using a real person's name - there isn't a current epidemic, as the hoax message suggests, according to CBS Philly.

Your account isn't sending duplicate friend requests. "Please forward to all your contacts", the message reads. "Good Luck!", the message states. That does actually happen.

Of course, it is entirely possible to get hacked on Facebook, and proper measures can and should be taken if you feel as though your account has been compromised. Instead, the social network believes the warnings have viral out of fear of the recent breach.

If you receive these messages, officials encourage users to simply ignore them.

If you want more control over the security of your Facebook account then you can look at your security settings which can be found under the main setting tab on your account.

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