A new hoax message has gone viral on social media giant Facebook. According to this new hoax message, users are receiving messages in their Facebook inbox that claim that their account has been cloned. The message claims that the sender of the message received “another friend request” from the Facebook account holder. It goes on to ask the user to check their account and forward the message to other users in the friend list. The amusing part about the message is that it gives comprehensive instructions on how to forward the message on a mobile device. It also warns the user that they may have to software the message to “people individually”.
The message was initially reported by Time around a tweet by Leah Shields, a reporter for WPSD Local 6 in Kentucky, United States. According to the report, this is not the first time that such scams have hit Facebook. A similar scam went viral back in 2016 where scammers sent friend requests to users and stole their profile information to create clone accounts.
HOAX: If you get this message on Facebook, do not forward. This message is a hoax that is being spread around. You did not send anyone a friend request. It is not a real message. pic.twitter.com/xsIR8iVUNl
— Leah Shields (@LeahShieldsWPSD) October 7, 2018
Facebook issued a statement regarding the hoax message adding that this message “does not reflect” any ongoing “epidemic of cloned” Facebook accounts.
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Facebook went on to add that this new message is not related to the recent data breach that the company reported last month. As noted in the report, a number of users took to Facebook calling out the hoax message as they were getting spammed by their friends and family.
The report also noted that in case users receive such messages in their inbox, they can do the sensible thing and delete the message instead of forwarding it. However, just to be certain and as part of good cybersecurity skills, users should also ensure that they have a strong and unique password along with the option to enable two-factor authentication.