The hoax message went viral on Sunday, saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient. You weren't. It's bogus.
According to Snopes, the message is 'at worst a scam or hoax, and at best a once well-intentioned warning rendered useless by being uncritically re-posted all over Facebook'.
The messages begin with "Hi...." The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..." The hoax works by suggesting an account has been cloned, even when it hasn't, prompting anxious users to spread the message to all their friends.
"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 report.More news: Packers' Geronimo Allison still going through concussion protocol
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Of course, fake accounts happen; a scammer can take your personal information and set up an account that looks like yours to gather personal data about you or spread viruses.
But viral messages spreading in posts and messages suggest otherwise.
On Sept. 25, Facebook's engineering team discovered a security issue affecting nearly 50 million accounts where hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in Facebook's code that allowed them to take over people's accounts. I had to do the people individually.
HOAX: If you get this message on Facebook, do not forward.
Experts urge people who get these messages to just delete them.