Today, we’ve got to see reports from several users that their accounts are getting cloned. Well, this happens after they receive a duplicate friend invitation requesting them to forward the message to friends. Further, these messages are surely the Hoax messages saying that the sender has received a duplicate friend request from the recipient. Besides that, the whole thing looks like this one given below.
“Hi, I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account.
A typical message reads as follows:
“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!”
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. pic.twitter.com/xsIR8iVUNl
— Leah Shields (@LeahShieldsWPSD) October 7, 2018
Now according to the reports, this is a mass scam of hacking the Facebook accounts/
Further, in 2016 we’ve got to see some similar kind of mass cloning scams occurring on the Facebook. And, “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,” said the Time report.
Now, there is this lady who speaks out that some users who are forwarding the message is affecting the entire social media. “Please stop sending me to copy and paste emails about Facebook accounts being cloned. Apparently, this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them. It’s crazy. My friends are too,” tweeted one user.
Please stop sending me copy and paste emails about Facebook accounts being cloned. Apparently this is a hoax and I am getting SPAMMED with them. It’s crazy. My friends are too.
— Brooke Alyson (@Brooke_Alyson) October 7, 2018
The genuine way to deal with this scam is to delete such messages and move on.