Facebook hoax: Cloned account message is a fake

Are your Facebook feed and messages filled with warnings of cloned profiles? It's going viral

That latest warning from your Facebook friends is a hoax, officials say

Facebook says there is no virus attached to the message, but that if you receive it you should just delete it. "And you're just making it worse", the Facebook post read. There is no bug or virus now confirmed that is sending your Friends fake requests.

According to a Time report, Facebook users were being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned.

The Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (PPOHSEP) are warning Facebook users about a message that has gone viral.

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Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating, WSYR reported. The person who created the alternate account sends out the message above, hoping to get your friends to accept your request in order to obtain their information. The hoax works by suggesting an account has been cloned, even when it hasn't, prompting anxious users to spread the message to all their friends. From that point on they can write what they want under your name.

Officials are instructing Facebook users to simply ignore the message and do not spread share it with your Facebook friends as it will only make matters continue. "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts". Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too.... However, Facebook told a local ABC News affiliate in Syracuse that it has not seen a rise in cloned accounts.

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