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Officials warn about viral Facebook hoax messages

09 October 2018
Officials warn about viral Facebook hoax messages

SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook users were warned about a hoax disguised in a series of Facebook messages, officials announced.

This is a hoax.

Basically, people are being duped into thinking their accounts have been "cloned".

According to officials, your account is not sending out duplicate friend requests.

If you're concerned that your account may have been hacked or you want to ensure it is a secure as possible then here it what you need to know.

The message tells the receiver to forward the same message to their friends, but it's an attempt at cloning and not a real message. From that point on they can write what they want under your name. It's like a modern day chain letter. The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..."

If you get the message, just delete it or ignore it. Good Luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME. I had to do the people individually.

Officials say forwarding the message only makes it worse.

Maybe your mom has asked you what she should do.

Forwarding these messages is actually creating confusion and suggests a widespread, sudden problem that doesn't exist. There's an easy way to find out if you've been cloned: search for your name to see if someone else has opened an account pretending to be you.

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.

Confused? You aren't the only one - and there is a simple way you can avoid it.