Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

New Facebook message hoax spreading

New Facebook message hoax spreading

According to Snopes, the message is 'at worst a scam or hoax, and at best a once well-intentioned warning rendered useless by being uncritically re-posted all over Facebook'.

Here's what happens: You receive a direct message from one of your existing Facebook friends telling you they've received a friend request from you.

Facebook maintains that there is no virus attached to the message and as such, should be deleted once received, warning users not to be fooled by its details. No bugs or viruses are now plaguing Facebook users.

This recurring hoax has been reported on many news outlets, so why are people still willing to believe it?

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The message reads as above.

The message claims the sender has received a "duplicate friend request" from the recipient. It also recommends forwarding the message to everyone you know and provides instructions on how to do so.

Last year, a real cloning epidemic hit Facebook, but unlike that incident, this one has been proven as false. Apparently this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them.

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

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There are numerous ways to ensure that your Facebook account is as protected as possible from potential being hacked.

Facebook was yet to comment on this.

A good way to see if there is, in fact, a fake you out there trying to steal all your friends is to just do a search for your name. Has my account been duped or cloned and is someone sending invites to my friends, pretending to be me?

And if you see a secondary profile, Facebook allows you report it to the social network through the "Report" button on the top left.

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