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There's a new Facebook 'Friend Request' hoax doing the rounds

There's a new Facebook 'Friend Request' hoax doing the rounds”

"Hi ... I actually got another friend request from you yesterday ... which I ignored so you may want to check your account", the message says. It's also unrelated to the September data breach.

This is not a matter of being hacked, but involves someone setting up a duplicate account with the same profile picture as the person being targeted, and then sending friend requests to their existing friends.

Then then prompts users to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...."

Hundreds if not thousands of Facebook users have been led to believe that someone hacked their account and sent friend requests to other people. There are no bugs or hacks linked to it, it is just an annoying chain message.

Hoax-Slayer Brett Christensen, from Bundaberg in Queensland, said in his blog the post "is just an amazingly inept attempt to warn people about a common Facebook scam known as "cloning".

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. "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts".

The message reads as above.

The message wound up on the radar of the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, who posted to Facebook asking people to stop sharing the hoax message.

That will give you all the information you need to figure out if you someone has access to your Facebook account that should not.



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