How to avoid the latest ‘Got Another Friend Request’ Facebook hoax

Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

So by sharing it, you're probably not going to do any harm, other than making yourself look a bit gullible, but you're also not doing anyone any favours.

The hoax message went viral on Sunday, saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient.

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A typical message, most often sent by a Facebook friend, reads, "Hi.I actually got another friend request from you yesterday.which I ignored so you may want to check your account". If more than one account with your photo and details shows up, your account may have been cloned.

While a warning of this nature could be legitimate, the fact that this exact same message has been spread to untold thousands of Facebook users indicates that it is at worst a scam or hoax, and at best a once well-intentioned warning rendered useless by being uncritically reposted all over Facebook. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too.... Facebook hacks mean somebody has access to your account and any information or messages within it.

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"We haven't seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts)". People can report fake Facebook profiles here. "And that warning should only be sent to the friend whose name is on the second friend request".

If you think you're a victim of cloning, you should check and see if there is a duplicate of your account.

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While that is certainly a thing that happens on Facebook, there's a solid chance that what you're getting is just the same message your friend received, forwarded to everyone on their friend list. "Instead, it is spreading confusion, fear, and alarm for no good reason".

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