My Facebook feed and inbox have been inundated by posts and messages from friends about having received another friend request from me. Although there are different variants of it but the message typically reads somewhat like this:
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.
If you carefully read the message you will realize that it does not add up. It is impossible to send a friend request again to someone you’re already friends with.
It instructs you to check your account and then to forward the message to all your friends. Really! This is simply trying to get you to believe that your account has been cloned.
Account cloning happens when someone steals your profile pictures and sets up a new account with you name. When the account is set up they then send out friend requests to your friends in an attempt to fool them into thinking that the request emanated from you.
But that isn’t what’s going on here, this is nothing but a PRANK.
According to a statement from Facebook, there’s been no increase in cloned accounts over the past week and the message is not in any way connected to the recent Facebook hack.
The best way to keep your Facebook account from getting cloned is to hide your friends list. If you suspect that your Facebook account might have been cloned, you can easily verify by searching Facebook for accounts with names and profile pictures identical to yours, and report same to Facebook.
As of now, don’t waste your data, you should delete the message and ignore the instructions to forward it to your friends.