Officials warn about viral Facebook message hoax

Officials warn about viral Facebook message hoax

The message doesn't contain a virus but it is leading to more people spreading the false information.

It is possible for scammers to steal your name and picture to make a new account, but Facebook says that doesn't mean your account has been hacked or breached. If you see some of your friends are already friends with fake you, ping them privately and let them know they've been duped.

However, Snopes advises those who think their account has actually been hacked to send a separate private message to their friends. And you didn't receive a request from the person you're forwarding it to.

Facebook users are being tricked into thinking their accounts are being cloned by hackers, thanks to a viral message that spread across inboxes over the weekend. They're a hoax. Do not believe or fall for them.

While account cloning is a real thing, the viral copy/paste message warning about it is likely not from a cloned account. "Good Luck!" read the message.

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Simply delete the message and whatever you do, do NOT forward it to friends.

A new Facebook scam is making headlines across the country.

Facebook officials told WYSR-TV that they have not seen an unusual uptick in cloned accounts and that people are likely sharing the message out of fear. Then, the message calls them to forward the message on to their friends. The copyright hoax is, in part, a meme about what we post to social media, and what those companies do with that information.

That turned into timelines filled with "I got hacked" posts. Thanks to a few well-meaning users, the message blew up and has been sent to thousands, if not millions of people.

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