Facebook users warned about hoax messages

09 October, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Are your Facebook feed and messages filled with warnings of cloned profiles? It's going viral

The warning spread in the form of a message, sent from a friend or "friend".

Then it says to check your account and instructs you to forward the message to all your friends. 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.

If you're on Facebook, you might have noticed that some of your friends and family have posted scripted messages about accounts being cloned, and not to trust duplicate friend requests if you receive one. They're a hoax. Do not believe or fall for them. It is not a real message.

Experts urge people who get these messages to just delete them. "Good Luck", reads a common message spreading across Facebook. It also recommends forwarding the message to everyone you know and provides instructions on how to do so.

The post circulating around is another one of those chain letter hoaxes, according to authorities.

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However, if you're anxious your profile may have been cloned, you can search for your profile on Facebook and report any duplicate accounts.

Still, what's odd is that people are (perhaps absentmindedly) sharing a message that includes the words "I actually got another friend request from you", even when they received no such fraudulent friend request.

The message says, "Hi...."

And people do still get hacked.

The security bug would let attackers steal "access tokens", which are digital keys that Facebook uses to keep people logged in. Thanks to a few well-meaning users, the message blew up and has been sent to thousands, if not millions of people.

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