December 17, 2018

Facebook second friend request warning about accounts being cloned

08 October 2018, 05:45 | Megan Pierce

Are your Facebook feed and messages filled with warnings of cloned profiles? It's going viral

The social media giant dealt with a real cloning issue last year- but this one is just a hoax

It's the latest Facebook hoax causing concern and confusion among many users.

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

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.

If you're concerned however, you can check whether your account has been cloned by typing your name into the Facebook search bar. It then urges you to then forward on the message.

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However, Facebook says these messages are all fake. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too ... If you're on Facebook, you might have noticed that some of your friends and family have posted scripted messages about accounts being cloned, and not to trust duplicate friend requests if you receive one. It's also unrelated to the September data breach.

Hoax-Slayer Brett Christensen, from Bundaberg in Queensland, said in his blog the post "is just an amazingly inept attempt to warn people about a common Facebook scam known as "cloning".

"However, at risk of stating the obvious, sending a second friend request warning is only helpful if you have received a second friend request from someone. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts". Your best bet is to do as Facebook suggest and just getting rid.

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