Facebook Clone Hoax Alert. So you got a message that said something like this on Facebook this weekend?
“Heads-up!! Almost every account is being cloned. Your picture and your name are used to create a new face book account (they don’t need your password to do this). They want your friends to add them to their Facebook account. Your friends will think that it’s you and accept your request. From that point on they can write what they want under your name. I have NO plans to open a new account. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from ‘me’. please forward to all your contacts.” Its a Facebook clone hoax.
The Great Facebook Clone Hoax
Calm Down. You have not been hacked. say it back with me. You have not been hacked. The friend that sent you this, while gullible, has not been hacked.Don’t forward it. This is a text book classic Facebook clone hoax That message is fake.“It’s bogus. And you’re just making it worse,” the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a Facebook post.This is just a well timed Chain letter. Their is no threat to your Facebook.
Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating. Facebook keeps an eye on trends and anomalies as part of their cyber security. Massive amounts of Clones, different from hacks, means a spammer created a new account under your name, using your pictures and requesting your friends. They would see the large duplication of accounts and stop this before it affects the masses. It is also easy to check for a cloned account. just search your name and see if there is more then one account with you name and a picture of you.
This well time hoax comes as news Facebook had a massive and malicious date breach. This is still a developing story and the details are still to marking to actually report on. However this is potentially world altering situation and needs to be monitored. In the mean time, change your password. Said it before, the Apocalypse will start on Facebook.