Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

No, your Facebook account hasn't been cloned

No, your Facebook account hasn't been cloned

When accounts are cloned, hackers are able to steal photos and personal information by creating a second Facebook profile and pretending they're the original user.

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

"However, at risk of stating the obvious, sending a second friend request warning is only helpful if you have received a second friend request from someone".

"You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about being hacked".

The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned.

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Some users are being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned due to a viral message that says the sender got a duplicate friend request from the recipient. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too ...

The message that went viral these past few days is different, however: It urges you to forward it to "all the people you want to forward to" - which many take to mean all their friends.

According to the Albany Times-Union, the cloning rumor is being spread through Facebook Messenger.

Of course, there have been multiple real Facebook scandals recently; from reports of logins being sold on the dark web to the massive data breach at the end of September, it's been a rocky month for the social media company. However, Facebook told a local ABC News affiliate in Syracuse that it has not seen a rise in cloned accounts.

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