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Hoax message about clone accounts making rounds on Facebook

09 October, 2018, 14:20 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

Earlier this year, a hoax claiming Facebook was about to restrict your news feed to 26 friends went viral thanks to well-intentioned users who copied and pasted the disturbing "news" to their own feeds. "Several inbox messages about cloned accounts and fake friend requests!"

Then it says to check your account and instructs you to forward the message to all your friends.

And officials say it is a total hoax.

Of course, there have been multiple real Facebook scandals recently; from reports of logins being sold on the dark web to the massive data breach at the end of September, it's been a rocky month for the social media company. The message is not linked to the recent Facebook hack, officials told the TV station. A scammer cannot clone your Facebook account, but they can create one with your name and picture, then send requests to your friends with the goal of getting money or sending your friends a computer virus through Facebook's Messenger. "Good luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME". It also recommends forwarding the message to everyone you know and provides instructions on how to do so.

You're simply doing it because the message tells you to.

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The message reads as above. They're a hoax. Do not believe or fall for them.

"She somehow got a hold of this person with the new Facebook account and basically said, 'I need you to deactivate this and stop contacting my friends and family, and if you don't I'm gonna take it to law enforcement, '" Dolan said.

If you are anxious at all or have been experiencing odd changed to your account you should change your passwords.

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

However, to be on the safe side, Facebook recommends that you delete it straight away anyway.

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