Officials say stop forwarding Facebook message, it’s a hoax

08 October, 2018, 21:02 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

Some Facebook users say they received a message warning them that their account has been cloned - but it appears that the real scam is the message itself. You weren't. It's bogus. And if you were messaged by a "clone" of your friend, then report that account to Facebook.

The messages begin with "Hi...."

- Have you received a warning from a Facebook friend about multiple friend requests?

Then it tells you to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...."

So by sharing it, you're probably not going to do any harm, other than making yourself look a bit gullible, but you're also not doing anyone any favours.

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The message claims the sender has received a second friend request from you and warns you to check your account. There is no bug or virus now confirmed that is sending your Friends fake requests. I had to do the people individually.

WHEC in NY reports that Facebook told them more accounts are not being hacked; the message is spreading due to a viral chain letter.

But viral messages spreading in posts and messages suggest otherwise.

'We haven't seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts),' a Facebook official said. "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts". The bad news is: People are falling for yet another copy/paste hoax on Facebook, a website with a long history of them. If you see some of your friends are already friends with fake you, ping them privately and let them know they've been duped.

"The best thing for users to do is just delete the messages they receive about this, especially if they echo the exact same language used above".

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