Officials warn about viral Facebook hoax messages

Virginia Carson
October 9, 2018

If you've been on your Facebook news feed lately, you probably have noticed some rather odd posts. The person who created the alternate account sends out the message above, hoping to get your friends to accept your request in order to obtain their information.

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

Officials say it is a total hoax.

But not to fear, Facebook accounts are not really being cloned.

The cloned account hoax comes after Facebook reported a security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by hackers exploiting a bug that affected its popular "View As" feature. "Good luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

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Facebook says, 'If the email associated with your Facebook account has changed, you can reverse this.

Then then prompts users to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...."

Kelso said the best way to keep your Facebook account from getting cloned is to hide your "friends list".

Many Facebook users have fallen for a hoax that is claiming that their account has been cloned.

The message reads in part, "Heads-up!"

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So, all of those messages that you're seeing from your friends anxious that they were hacked?

This may set alarm bells ringing in your head that you have been hacked and someone is wandering around in your shoes calling themselves "Bob", but chances are, they are not. And you're just making it worse.

By sharing this message, you're unintentionally adding more people into the pool who are anxious about their accounts with no reason.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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