Several Facebook users reported that their accounts had been cloned after receiving a double friendship request message asking them to forward the message to friends.
According to a report by Time, Facebook users would be led to believe that their accounts have been cloned. The hoax message became viral Sunday, indicating that the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient.
HOAX: If you get this message on Facebook, do not forward. This message is a hoax that is being spread around. You did not send anyone a friend request. It is not a real message. pic.twitter.com/xsIR8iVUNl
— Leah Shields (@LeahShieldsWPSD) October 7, 2018
Facebook was still to comment on this.
In 2016, a similar mass cloning scam occurred on Facebook. “There seems to be no reason at the moment to send a message telling friends that their account may have been cloned without receiving a duplicate request,” the report says.
Some users who forwarded the message went on social media, claiming that their accounts had been hacked.
Folks, please stop sending messages about Facebook hack. When you send these hoax messages to all of your friends, you are actually exposing them to more problems. This hoax has been reported by many news outlets.
— David J. McCarthy (@djmac47) October 6, 2018