Recently several Facebook users reported that their accounts have been cloned. Let’s get to know the actual facts on the news of cloning of Facebook accounts…
Recently, several Facebook (FB) users reported that their accounts have been cloned and this news became viral in the social networking site. This hoax message went viral saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient. According to a Time report, several Facebook users were being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned. The report added that in 2016, a similar mass cloning scam occurred on Facebook. “There appears to be no reason at this time to forward a message telling friends that their account may have been cloned without having actually received a duplicate friend request,”
One of the Twitter user posted the following message
“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!” read the message.
HOAX: If you get this message on Facebook, do not forward. This message is a hoax that is being spread around. You did not send anyone a friend request. It is not a real message.
Several FB users reported that they received a duplicate friend request message asking them to forward the message to friends. Several FB users have apparently taken that to mean that they should forward the same message to all of their friends, prompting dozens or even hundreds of others to believe that there may be a problem with their accounts as well.
The hoax message hints that the receiver may have been the victim of a cloning scam. That’s where a malicious user copies images and information from a person’s Facebook account in order to create a duplicate “clone” account, then sends out friend requests to the victim’s friends. The duplicate user may message these friends in an attempt to learn personal information about the cloned user or to spread scam messages.
There appears to be no reason to forward a message telling friends that their account may have been cloned without having actually received a duplicate friend request. Several Facebook users have expressed their frustration at receiving dozens of phony messages saying their accounts have been hacked.
So what should the Facebook users do if they receive one of these hoax messages? Nothing. One should just delete the message and move on. If you are worried you might be the victim of Facebook cloning, try searching for other versions of your account and report duplicate profiles to Facebook.