Facebook Scam Alert
A lot of Facebook users are all in a panic as they believe that their accounts are being cloned. Many users are receiving a message like this:
“If you receive another request to be my friend from this account ignore it. I have had quite a few people I am friends with on Facebook had this happen. If you accept this friend request one the hackers will have information to mine and your account.”
A second version is:
“Hi…I actually got another request to be your friend on Facebook yesterday…which I ignored but you may want to look into your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…after that hit forward and all of the people that you would want it to forward to will receive a copy…I had to do this process for each person individually. Good Luck!!”
A lot of users have received this message, including myself. It simply is not the truth. It is a fake warning that is being spread all over Facebook. Profile cloning has always been a known problem but it isn’t any more of a problem today as it has been in the past. Facebook is continuously working on ways to prevent profile cloning but unfortunately, someone is likely always going to be one step ahead of them and the cloning will continue. This message, or in other words, chain letter does nothing but create panic and waste space in message inboxes. People seem to feed off of panic and continue to forward the false information.
It is true that your account can be hacked, however, you can always check to see if there is there a cloned profile of your account. Simply put your name the search box. Try different variations of your name to explore all options. IE: Kim Ann Smith, Kimberly Ann Smith, KA Smith etc…If you see your photo and did not create that account, your account has more than likely been cloned. Scammers will do this in an attempt to scam your friends and family out of money. They will befriend your friends to contact them to try and scam them.
If your account has been cloned, it is fairly simple to correct the problem. Simply go to the fake profile and click the “report this profile” link. The fake profile will be removed by Facebook usually within the next day or so.