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Monday, 08 October 2018 05:50

Facebook hoax chain mail hitting inboxes

A Facebook hoax message is going around that targets the user telling them someone cloned their account and to forward the message to other people in your friend list.

The scam message 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!'

Facebook says there is no virus attached to the message, but that if you receive it you should just delete it.

'We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. It takes the form of a 'chain mail' type of notice,' a Facebook official said.

 


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.

'We haven't seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts),' a Facebook official said.

'The volume of these types of posts isn't a good measure for how often impersonation is actually happening.'

If you think you're a victim of cloning, you should check and see if there is a duplicate of your account.

According to CBS News, there are steps you can take if you suspect you've been hacked, as well:


If you worry that your account has been hacked, there is a simple way to check. Go to the arrow in the upper left-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, select Settings. A new menu will pop up. Choose Security and then Where You're Logged In.


A list of all of the devices that you've logged into and their locations. If there is a login you don't recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn't you, click End Activity on the right side of the log to end the session. The hacker will be logged out temporarily.


Then be sure to change your password. It's a good practice to occasionally change your passwords on a regular basis.


You can also be part of the solution: don't forward chain messages in Facebook - unless you first verify that the concern is legit with a simple Google search.

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