Facebook users have been warned by the Facebook officials of a new viral hoax message that is tricking them to think there is a problem with their account.
The message users get claims that their account has been cloned, and someone has created an account with their name, photos, and other information to impersonate them on Facebook. It also encourages them to forward the fake message to your Facebook friends to ‘warn them of the mimic account’.
This is what the fake 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!”
Facebook advises users to simply delete the message if they receive it, and they noted that there is no virus attached to it.
A spokesperson from the company said that they’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook, and it takes the form of a “chain mail” type of notice.
They added that they haven’t seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation, or cloned accounts.
According to Facebook, the volume of these types of posts is not a good measure of how often impersonations are actually happening.
Facebook cloning is when someone creates a Facebook account using someone else’s name, their photos and personal information.
You should check and see if there’s a duplicate of your account if you think that you might be a victim of cloning, and you can flag cloned Facebook accounts via the ‘report’ feature.