Facebook hoax dupes on-line users

09 October, 2018, 14:25 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

If you've been on your Facebook news feed lately, you probably have noticed some rather odd posts.

Facebook officials told WSYR that there is no known uptick in cloned accounts nor is this latest hoax connected to last week's security breach. Then, they send a bunch of friend requests to the original account's friend list, to try to scam the person's unsuspecting friends into granting access to their personal information by accepting the request.

Those instances were real and people do still get hacked. A spokesperson told the Sun: "We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook".

Many Facebook users are receiving one more messages, coming from a friend, informing them they've received another friend request-and warning they may have been hacked. "PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

Have you seen those warnings on Facebook from some of your friends? The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..."

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Heads-up! nearly every account is being cloned.

The message reads as above. No variation of the "Got another friend request from you" message should be passed on to other users, and the claims in the message shouldn't be believed. They just fell into the hoax hole that seems to keep on growing. 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.

However, to be on the safe side, Facebook recommends that you delete it straight away anyway. You can click this link to reverse the email change and secure your account'.

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