Has Your Facebook Account Really Been Cloned? Turns Out The Latest Scare Was Nothing More Than A Hoax
Many Facebook users recently received a viral message that their accounts had been cloned. Of course, the messages have sent people into a pure panic, but it turns out that it’s all an elaborate hoax.
A Disturbing Message
Users on the popular social media network received a strange message from friends that their accounts had been cloned. Cloning happens when a scammer is able to copy information from a person’s Facebook account and sends out friend requests. The cloning is an attempt to get personal information about the user for the scammer’s use.
The message read, “Hi….I actually got another friend request from you which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too….I had to do the people individually. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.”
A Viral Hoax
Of course, the message was pretty unsettling for users, especially since it’s coming from others friends. However, it appears to be just another wild hoax. More than likely, if you received this message, you weren’t hacked and no duplicate friend request was ever sent.
The problem is people are falling for this copy/paste trick and resending the message to other friends. While it’s more than likely been sent with good intentions, the message is not true. Still, there are a few things you can do to check the validity of the message.
Protecting Your Account
Unfortunately, this scam isn’t the first for Facebook. A few of these cloning hoaxes have happened in recent years, including the summer of 2016. However, Facebook officials have stated that this viral message isn’t real and no accounts were actually cloned.
If you got one of these messages, there are a couple of things you can do. You can check to see if your friend’s account was actually cloned. If you search their name and find two completely identical accounts, then one is probably a clone. And if you were messaged by a “clone” of your friend, then you can report that account to Facebook. If not, just ignore the message. Also, if you are paranoid that your account may have been hacked, you can also change your password.
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