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Viral Facebook Hoax Messages Prompts Warning From Officials

08 October 2018

"We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook".

The message claims the sender has received a second friend request from you and warns you to check your account.

But not to fear, Facebook accounts are not really being cloned.

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"Occasionally Facebook accounts are cloned and the hackers will send your friends phishing emails to dupe them into clicking on a link that will infect them", Kelso explained. The attackers were then able to steal access tokens that could be used to take over someone's account.

The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned. You did not send anyone a friend request. And you didn't receive a request from the person you're forwarding it to. From that point on they can write what they want under your name.

Then then prompts users to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...." "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts".

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The message reads as above.

The message wound up on the radar of the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, who posted to Facebook asking people to stop sharing the hoax message.

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. Profile cloning is nothing new, and if you happen to notice that someone's account has been cloned, it's a separate incident.

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Viral Facebook Hoax Messages Prompts Warning From Officials