Facebook friend request scam

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Hoax-Slayer Brett Christensen, from Bundaberg in Queensland, said in his blog the post "is just an amazingly inept attempt to warn people about a common Facebook scam known as "cloning".

A viral message circulating the website says the sender has received a duplicate friend request from the recipient and they should forward the same message to their friends.

Over the weekend, you might have seen a wave of panicked friends in your Facebook news feeds posting warnings: Their accounts were hacked, don't accept friend requests from their accounts.

You can also choose 3 to 5 friends that you can contact if you are locked out of your account, which offers an easy way for you to get your access back.

According to Snopes, the message is 'at worst a scam or hoax, and at best a once well-intentioned warning rendered useless by being uncritically re-posted all over Facebook'. I had to do the people individually. "It takes the form of a "chain mail" type of notice", a spokeswoman wrote in an email.

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This message is different from the cloning epidemic that hit Facebook previous year.

But if you do suspect your account has actually been cloned or hacked, all you need to do is a little reverse engineering. If it has, report the profile to Facebook.

Officials are instructing Facebook users to simply ignore the message and do not spread share it with your Facebook friends as it will only make matters continue.

Hi.I actually got another friend request from you yesterday.which I ignored so you may want to check your account.

"Whoever this is coming from, I'll bet you they have some kind of heuristics that look inside that message to find out exactly who forwarded this thing", Witten said.

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