There’s a new Facebook ‘Friend Request’ hoax doing the rounds

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.

The best thing for Facebook users to do is to simply ignore and delete the message. Do not forward it onto anyone.

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.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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