A viral hoax on Facebook is convincing many users that their pages are being cloned.
Many are worried that spammers are creating new “clone” accounts under their names, using their real pictures and sending friend requests to their contacts. Users are copying various versions of a warning message and sending to their friends, warning them not to accept any new friend requests.
Here’s one of the versions:
“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too….I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!”
Officials are calling the scare a hoax. They recommend ignoring or deleting the messages.
Users are copying various versions of a warning message and sending to their friends, warning them not to accept any new friend requests.
If you are worried that hackers have created a clone account and are sending friend requests to your friends, officials recommend doing a simple search on Facebook for your name and seeing if a clone account pops up. If so, you can then report the account to Facebook.
Facebook officials are also stressing that this is not related to last week’s security breach.