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Don’t believe warning messages that claim your Facebook account has been cloned

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A message on Facebook is making round creating panic among the users as the message claims that someone has cloned their account and asked them to forward the message to other people in your friend list.

The message reads:

‘Hi…I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too…I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!’

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FACT CHECK

According to Facebook, there is no virus attached to the message, but that if you receive it you should just delete it.

“We’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. It takes the form of a ‘chain mail’ type of notice,” a Facebook official was quoted in a report.

Facebook cloning is when someone creates an account and steals your photos and personal information and then sends out friend requests to your existing friend list to gather more personal information, or to send out scam messages from the faked account.

“We haven’t seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts),” Facebook official added.

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“The volume of these types of posts isn’t a good measure for how often impersonation is actually happening.”

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