Indo-Asian News ServiceOct 08, 2018 10:04:25 IST
Several Facebook users have reported their accounts were cloned after they received a duplicate friend request message asking them to forward the message to friends. The hoax message went viral on Sunday, saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient.
"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!" read the message.
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
According to a Time report, Facebook users were being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned.
Facebook was yet to comment on this.
In 2016, a similar mass cloning scam occurred on Facebook. "There appears to be no reason at this time to forward a message telling friends that their account may have been cloned without having actually received a duplicate friend request," said the report.
Some users who forwarded the message took to social media, saying their accounts have been hacked.
"Please stop sending me copy and paste emails about Facebook accounts being cloned. Apparently, this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them. It's crazy. My friends are too," tweeted one user.
Please stop sending me copy and paste emails about Facebook accounts being cloned. Apparently this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them. It’s crazy. My friends are too.
— Brooke Alyson (@Brooke_Alyson) October 7, 2018
What do to if you have received such a message too?
The best way is to delete such messages and move on. You could also report the accounts from where you receive these messages.
Folks, please stop sending messages about Facebook hack. When you send these hoax messages to all of your friends, you are actually exposing them to more problems. This hoax has been reported by many news outlets.
— David J. McCarthy (@djmac47) October 6, 2018
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