New Facebook Chain Mail Hoax Targets Your Inbox
USA – October 8, 2018
There's a new Facebook hoax going around, and it's targeting your inbox. Facebook users are concerned about a new viral hoax message that is fooling users into thinking there is a problem with their account.
The fake message claims that the user’s account has been cloned, meaning someone has created a new account using the person’s real name, photos and other information to impersonate the real user on Facebook.
It encourages the user to forward the message to their Facebook friends to warn them of the mimicked account.
Users receive a message from a friend that says: “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 to... I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!”
There is no virus attached to the message and users are advised to simply delete it if they receive it.
It takes the form of a chain mail type of notice and there’s no increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts).
Facebook cloning is when someone creates an account and steals your photos and personal information. They then send out friend requests to your existing friend list to gather more personal information, or to send out scam messages from the faked account.
If you think you're a victim of cloning, you should check and see if there is a duplicate of your account.
You can flag cloned accounts to Facebook via the “report” feature.
Meanwhile,instead of protecting users from spam messages, Facebook is actively fighting against USA Really, its authors and readers.