Facebook second friend request warning about accounts being cloned

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People apparently spread the baseless message due to residual concern from previous hacking scandals, said the Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in a Facebook post.

The messages begin with "Hi...."

- Lately, many Facebook users have seen posts or read messages from people claiming their profile was cloned or from people warning not to accept any new friend requests from them, according to NBC affiliate WETM.

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You can stop forwarding messages to your Facebook friends telling them "almost every account is being cloned".

The best way to keep your Facebook account from getting cloned is to hide your friends list. Not only should you change your password, but you should also reach out to Facebook for assistance.

The message is a hoax, and anyone who shares it is spreading it.

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If you're concerned however, you can check whether your account has been cloned by typing your name into the Facebook search bar. I had to do the people individually.

Then it tells you to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...." "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts".

But chances are, based on a small sampling of my friends and colleagues, the messages are coming from your friend's real account, passed along to you on the wind of good intentions. The bad news is: People are falling for yet another copy/paste hoax on Facebook, a website with a long history of them.

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So, rest assured, this latest "friend request" scare is just that: A scare.

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