Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Viral Facebook Hoax Messages Prompts Warning From Officials

Viral Facebook Hoax Messages Prompts Warning From Officials

A Facebook official said: 'We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook.

Users were then directed to forward the message to all their friends.

"However, at risk of stating the obvious, sending a second friend request warning is only helpful if you have received a second friend request from someone".

Hundreds if not thousands of Facebook users have been led to believe that someone hacked their account and sent friend requests to other people.

Facebook officials say the clone warning may be going viral out of an abundance of caution by users.

"Hi.I actually got another friend request from you which I ignored so you may want to check your account". The hoax works by suggesting an account has been cloned, even when it hasn't, prompting anxious users to spread the message to all their friends. I have NO plans to open a new account.

However, Facebook says these messages are all fake. Good Luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME. The company stresses that this is not related to last week's security breach. The attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code that impacted "View As", a feature that lest people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.

"Hi... I actually got another friend request from you yesterday which I ignored so you may want to check your account", reads the viral message that is completely bogus. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears, then hit forward and all the people you want to forward to. Your best bet is to do as Facebook suggest and just getting rid.

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