Hoax messages about Facebook account cloning.

Amidst all the privacy issues that were surfaced for past few months, there is another message circulating on Facebook stating one’s account might have been cloned.

Several users reported to have received message from one of their friends which 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!”

However, Facebook spokesperson has confirmed that there hasn’t been any spike in duplicate accounts while responding to Washington Post. This message is quite likely to be similar to one of the spam messages circulating on the social media giant’s platform over past years.

Considering the diverse nature of Facebook’s consumer base, some users might fall prey to such messages or it can create panic amongst users. As far as this message is concerned, this is a hoax and one should delete the message if received.

Moreover, users can follow below steps to make sure their account remains safe.

Check the validity of any suspectful messages before acting on it.

https://snopes.com is one of the fact checking website which you can use to validate any such messages.

Report the account if you think someone is impersonating yourself.

Facebook has an option to report impersonating accounts. To know more about how to report, please visit Facebook Help

Change the password.

It’s always safe to keep changing your password every three months. Always use special characters and include alphanumeric characters. Note that dictionary words should be avoided.

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