Officials say stop forwarding Facebook message, it’s a hoax

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

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

Many Facebook users have fallen for a hoax that is claiming that their account has been cloned. It sounds like a valid warning with Facebook's recent security breach, but is it for real?

The hoax message went viral on Sunday, saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient.

WHEC in NY reports that Facebook told them more accounts are not being hacked; the message is spreading due to a viral chain letter.

'We haven't seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts),' a Facebook official said.

There was a cloning epidemic on Facebook 18 months or so ago. Your picture and your name are used to create a new Facebook account (they don't need your password to do this this).

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Of course, fake accounts happen; a scammer can take your personal information and set up an account that looks like yours to gather personal data about you or spread viruses. From that point on they can write what they want under your name. "I actually got another friend request from you yesterday ... which I ignored so you may want to check your account..." Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me".

While it might seem like something to be anxious about, a social media hoax expert says the viral message is simply "pointless".

The message tells Facebook users to hold their finger on the message until the forward button appears and then tells them to forward it to all of their friends. "Good Luck", reads a common message spreading across Facebook.

You can also choose 3 to 5 friends that you can contact if you are locked out of your account, which offers an easy way for you to get your access back.

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