That latest warning from your Facebook friends is a hoax, officials say

Kenny Grant
October 9, 2018

Officials say forwarding the message only makes it worse.

A Facebook official said: 'We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. Malicious users can duplicate legitimate accounts simply by stealing images and information from that account, creating a new account and then sending friend requests to the real user's actual Facebook friends.

Tech Expert Burton Kelso told our sister station WDAF, that you can stop forwarding this latest warning to your friends about being hacked.

Facebook was yet to comment on this. I had to do the people individually. "And you certainly should check it out so that you can take action to protect yourself and your friends if your account really has been cloned", he wrote. It also asks the recipient to forward the same message to their friends.

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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.

Facebook officials told WYSR-TV that they have not seen an unusual uptick in cloned accounts and that people are likely sharing the message out of fear.

Alarming, urgent messages have a way of going viral on Facebook, despite whether they are true. And there's the immortal copyright hoax.

And people do still get hacked. You know the one: the paragraph of legal-sounding text that people post to their Facebook feeds in a misguided attempt to prevent Facebook from taking over the copyright to everything they post. The company stresses that this is not related to last week's security breach.

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