Viral Facebook hoax tricking people into thinking that their account was hacked

Dwayne Harmon
October 9, 2018

Between fake news, Russian hacks, and data breaches, Facebook has certainly had its fair share of problems in the past couple of years.

By now, Facebook users have probably seen multiple posts telling them not to accept another friend request from someone who is already their friend.

It all starts with a message that is a hoax.

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This week, a hoax message on Facebook has circulated widely - and got a lot of users anxious about their accounts being cloned or hacked. The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..." Maybe one that in part reads, "Hi..."

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A warning about "another friend request" alerts Facebook users about potential account "cloning". Then, the message calls them to forward the message on to their friends. They're a hoax. Do not believe or fall for them.

It's fake - so users shouldn't worry if they see it - but if you're anxious that someone may have got into your account, there are steps to take (below).

By sharing this message, you're unintentionally adding more people into the pool who are anxious about their accounts with no reason. You know the one: the paragraph of legal-sounding text that people post to their Facebook feeds in a misguided attempt to prevent Facebook from taking over the copyright to everything they post.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

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