Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

There's a new Facebook 'Friend Request' hoax doing the rounds

There's a new Facebook 'Friend Request' hoax doing the rounds

"If a friend informs you that he or she has received a second friend request from you, this could indeed be an indication that your account has been cloned".

A warning about "another friend request" alerts Facebook users about potential account "cloning". This message is a hoax that is being spread around.

People across Facebook are sharing the information via messenger and their news feeds, but it's not an emergency - just an "amazingly inept" effort to warn people about a common Facebook scam, according to

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If you've received a message from a friend telling you that your Facebook account has been cloned, don't be alarmed.

Hi, I actually got another friend request from you yesterday...which I ignored so you may want to check your account.

A Facebook official said: 'We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. 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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Kelso said the best way to keep your Facebook account from getting cloned is to hide your "friends list".

The easiest steps you can take to prevent your account from being hacked is to change your password regularly, report a hacked account, and report suspicious messages.

Heads-up! nearly every account is being cloned. "And that warning should only be sent to the friend whose name is on the second friend request". "Instead, it is spreading confusion, fear, and alarm for no good reason. And, it is panicking users into distributing utterly useless information far and wide".

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If you think you're a victim of cloning, you should check and see if there is a duplicate of your account.

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