How to avoid the latest ‘Got Another Friend Request’ Facebook hoax

Gerald Bowen
October 8, 2018

So, all of those messages that you're seeing from your friends anxious that they were hacked?

Clones, different from hacks, means a spammer created a new account under your name, using your pictures and requesting your friends. This message is a hoax that is being spread around. "If a person is genuinely concerned they are the victim of Facebook cloning, they should go to the profile and report it to Facebook", WXYZ reports. If more than one account with your photo and details shows up, your account may have been cloned.

I saw it for the first time late last week: an acquaintance from college posted something about how she had received a message about a friend receiving a friend request from her from a bogus account that the friend in question supposedly ignored, but she should "check her account".

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.

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The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned.

A hoax is sweeping across Facebook, which claims people's accounts have been cloned and encourages users to share the message. People can report fake Facebook profiles here.

If you've received a message from a friend telling you that your Facebook account has been cloned, don't be alarmed. "And that warning should only be sent to the friend whose name is on the second friend request". "And you're just making it worse", the Facebook post read.

This particular warning suggests the recipient's Facebook account has been targeted for such "cloning", as indicated by the sender's having received "a second friend request" from that account. "Instead, it is spreading confusion, fear, and alarm for no good reason".

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