Facebook cloning hoax dupes users into sending chain-mail

A screenshot of the Facebook cloning scam. Picture: Fairfax Media
A screenshot of the Facebook cloning scam. Picture: Fairfax Media

A viral message is doing the rounds of Facebook users, duping them into thinking their accounts have been cloned.

The message states the sender has received “another friend request” from the recipient, then stated they should forward the same message to their friends.

It’s reported many have taken that to mean they should forward the same message to all of their friends, prompting others to believe there is also a problem with their accounts.

The full scam message reads: 

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

"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. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME."

The important thing to note is the message is safe, you haven’t been hacked, it’s simply an email chain letter designed to trick people.

Current reports suggest that there aren't any links or rogue instructions inside the hoax message, beyond a simple request to pass it along.

US Time Magazine suggests if users are concerned they are a victim of Facebook cloning, to try searching for other versions of their account and report duplicate profiles to Facebook.

It comes after Facebook disclosed last week its worst-ever security breach, saying hackers had stolen login codes that allowed them to access nearly 50 million Facebook accounts.