Monday, 19 November, 2018

The Truth Behind Viral Facebook Message About Cloned Accounts

Facebook's logo on a screen in Ankara Turkey Facebook's logo on a screen in Ankara Turkey
Roberta Sherman | 08 October, 2018, 14:29

Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating, WSYR reported. You weren't. It's bogus.

Users receive a message from a friend that says "Hi..."

If you've received a message from a friend telling you that your Facebook account has been cloned, don't be alarmed.

A typical message, most often sent by a Facebook friend, reads, "Hi.I actually got another friend request from you yesterday.which I ignored so you may want to check your account". I had to do the people individually.

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If your Facebook is hacked, there are ways to fix the problem and preventative measures to take to make sure yours does not become compromised.

"However, at risk of stating the obvious, sending a second friend request warning is only helpful if you have received a second friend request from someone".

This particular warning suggests the recipient's Facebook account has been targeted for such "cloning", as indicated by the sender's having received "a second friend request" from that account.

The message wound up on the radar of the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, who posted to Facebook asking people to stop sharing the hoax message.

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The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned.

While Facebook cloning - where a profile is created using the stolen photos and information from someone else's account - is real and can happen, with scammers using it to contact someone's friends and gather information, this message is just a Facebook "chain letter". This message is a hoax that is being spread around.

The best way is to delete such messages and move on, said the report.

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