Facebook message about your account being cloned is a hoax

Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

"I actually got another friend request from you yesterday...which I ignored so you may want to check your account..."

Ignore the message that is going viral in FB Messenger right now. Your Facebook account has not been hacked or cloned and has not been sending out friend requests.

Users were then directed to forward the message to all their friends.

If you want to check if your Facebook account has been hacked you'll firstly want to make sure that you can still login.

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

While account cloning is a real thing, the viral copy/paste message warning about it is likely not from a cloned account.

A good way to see if there is, in fact, a fake you out there trying to steal all your friends is to just do a search for your name. "Good Luck", reads a common message spreading across Facebook.

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Chances are you've gotten one (or dozens) of these messages from friends trying to be helpful.

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

Heads-up! nearly every account is being cloned. I had to do the people individually.

Facebook shut down Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that was part News Feed, part newsreader, in 2016, two years after its launch. They'd send you a PM about it or perhaps post a comment on your timeline.

To that end, Facebook says none of this related to the security breach.

And people still do get hacked. 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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