Cloned Account Warning Message is a Hoax - Facebook

Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

Earlier this year, a hoax claiming Facebook was about to restrict your news feed to 26 friends went viral thanks to well-intentioned users who copied and pasted the disturbing "news" to their own feeds. If you do actually receive an invite from someone already on your friends list, send them an individual message. Has my account been duped or cloned and is someone sending invites to my friends, pretending to be me?

But not to fear, Facebook accounts are not really being cloned.

Facebook account hacking has been a growing concern especially after it was revealed that a recent hack exposed the personal information of 50m users. "PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

Don't forward it. That message is fake.

Then then prompts users to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...."

But officials are saying this is a viral hoax-and when you think you're warning your friends about it, you're actually just helping to spread the scam.

USA citizens protest during Melania Trump 5-hour visit to Malawi
The convoy of the US First Lady however passed by without any incident and Mrs Trump might have seen the protests. Trump noted Melania was receiving an fantastic amount of love from Africa, something that made him happy.

The message reads in part, "Heads-up!" Apparently this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them.

By simply searching your name, you can see if your account has in fact been duplicated.

But if you have received one, don't worry - it doesn't mean your account has been cloned and you don't need to share on the message to warn others.

Facebook maintains that there is no virus attached to the message and as such, should be deleted once received, warning users not to be fooled by its details.

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

Facebook has a detailed guide on how to get back into a hacked account, which is available here.

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