If you’ve received a message from a friend telling you that your Facebook account has been cloned, don’t be alarmed.
There’s a new hoax message doing the rounds on the social networking site, and it’s fooling people into believing that someone has created a new Facebook page with their identity – however that’s not the case.
The message, which is usually sent by a Facebook friend, reads:
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“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…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. Good Luck!”
Some people have apparently misunderstood the message and are forwarding it onto all of their Facebook friends for no apparent reason, hence the message going viral in recent days and creating confusion.
📢 ***PSA!! FACEBOOK MESSENGER HOAX*** 📢
Ignore the message that is going viral in FB Messenger right now. It is not true. Do not forward it to all your friends. Your Facebook account has not been hacked or cloned and has not been sending out friend requests.🚫🚫🚫 pic.twitter.com/4keCvcfPti
— Mari Smith Ⓜ️ Top Facebook Marketing Expert (@MariSmith) October 7, 2018
The best thing for Facebook users to do is to simply ignore and delete the message. Do not forward it onto anyone.
HOAX: If you get this message on Facebook, do not forward. This message is a hoax that is being spread around. You did not send anyone a friend request. It is not a real message. pic.twitter.com/xsIR8iVUNl
— Leah Shields (@LeahShieldsWPSD) October 7, 2018
If you’re concerned however, you can check whether your account has been cloned by typing your name into the Facebook search bar. People can report fake Facebook profiles here.