Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

The Truth Behind Viral Facebook Message About Cloned Accounts

The Truth Behind Viral Facebook Message About Cloned Accounts

Between fake news, Russian hacks, and data breaches, Facebook has certainly had its fair share of problems in the past couple of years.

Clearly, there would be no utility to forwarding this warning to any of your Facebook friends unless you had actually received a second friend request from one of them.

And people still do get hacked.

"Occasionally Facebook accounts are cloned and the hackers will send your friend's phishing emails to dupe them into clicking on a link that will infect them", he explained. "PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

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

"She somehow got a hold of this person with the new Facebook account and basically said, 'I need you to deactivate this and stop contacting my friends and family, and if you don't I'm gonna take it to law enforcement, '" Dolan said.

The message reads in part, "Heads-up!"

"Whoever this is coming from, I'll bet you they have some kind of heuristics that look inside that message to find out exactly who forwarded this thing", Witten said.

"It's bogus. And you're just making it worse", the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a Facebook post.

You can also do a quick search on Facebook of your name to see if there are any secondary Facebook accounts with your name. Apparently this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them.

And if you see a secondary profile, Facebook allows you report it to the social network through the "Report" button on the top left.

If you are anxious at all or have been experiencing unusual changed to your account you should change your passwords.

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