How to avoid the latest ‘Got Another Friend Request’ Facebook hoax

Facebook's logo on a screen in Ankara Turkey

Facebook's logo on a screen in Ankara Turkey

While Facebook cloning - where a profile is created using the stolen photos and information from someone else's account - is real and can happen, with scammers using it to contact someone's friends and gather information, this message is just a Facebook "chain letter". If you're on Facebook, you might have noticed that some of your friends and family have posted scripted messages about accounts being cloned, and not to trust duplicate friend requests if you receive one.

No, your Facebook account is not being cloned, despite that viral message that keeps popping up in your inbox. The company stresses that this is not related to last week's security breach.

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According to a Time report, Facebook users were being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned.

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"However, at risk of stating the obvious, sending a second friend request warning is only helpful if you have received a second friend request from someone". I have NO plans to open a new account. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me".

"Hi... I actually got another friend request from you yesterday which I ignored so you may want to check your account". The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..." "Good Luck!" read the message.

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

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