What to do if you get a Facebook friend request warning

What to do if you get a Facebook friend request warning

Other easy steps to take to prevent being hacked on Facebook include regularly changing your password, reporting a hacked account, reporting suspicious messages or applications, and strengthening your other privacy settings.

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

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.

You can also connect your mobile number to your account which could be useful if you somehow lose access to your account.

The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned.

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If there is one that looks suspicious then you can select it and choose the "not you" option which will then lead to Facebook helping you to secure your account. Your friends will think that it's you and accept your request. I have NO plans to open a new account.

Officials encourage you to ignore the message and not to follow the message instructions because it only spreads the hoax further.

Then it tells you to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...."

The message reads as above.

Some people have apparently misunderstood the message and are forwarding it onto all of their Facebook friends for no apparent reason, hence the message going viral in recent days and creating confusion. And if Facebook is to believed, it's happening at the same clip as before the security breach.

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