A new viral hoax has got ‘Facebook’ surrounded yet again. This hoax is fooling users into thinking that there is some sort off a a problem with their account. The fake message states that ‘your account has been cloned’.
Which in simpler words is that there is another account that someone has created; which is using your name, photos and other information to impersonate you.
That’s not all it also encourages you to forward the message to all your Facebook friends and family to warn them of the mimic account.
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 said that there is no virus attached. However they advised to delete the message as soon as you receive it.
From a facebook spokesperson: ‘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. We haven’t seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts). 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. You can flag cloned accounts to Facebook via the ‘report’ feature.
We can also say ‘stay save Facebook users and be careful with your accounts usage’. We agree that it is the most widely us esocial network and one cannot deny its need in today’s world. However we cannot deny that safety comes first and it’s our basic right.