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News or Noise: Has your Facebook been cloned?

October 10, 2018 11:31 PM

News10NBC's Jennifer Mobilia has gotten the same message from several friends. 

It says, "Hi....I actually got another friend request from you yesterday...which I ignored, so you may want to check your account." 

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The message then encourages you to share with all of your friends. 

"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!"

First of all, why would you send this message to your friends if your friends never sent you a second friend request?  

News10NBC reached out to Facebook. 

The social media giant claims more accounts aren't being hacked, but messages of cloned attacks, like this one, are spreading due to a viral chain letter. 

There's a really easy way to check to see if your account has been cloned. 

Go to Facebook and search your name. If more than one account with your picture and information shows up click on the "report this profile" link.  

A Facebook spokesperson tells News10NBC, "claiming to be another person on Facebook violates our Community Standards, and we have a dedicated team that's tasked with helping to detect and block these kinds of scams." 
 
So while there is always a chance your account may have been hacked or cloned, chances are good if you got this message, it's all noise. 

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