In the wake of a hoax, which is doing rounds saying that the sender has received another friend request from the recipient, Facebook officials confirm the claims of the accounts being cloned as an attempt to befool the users.
The hoax which went viral on Sunday is woven around a duplicate friend request message that asks the receiver to forward it to their friends.
The message that had a terrific number of Facebook users troubled to an extent that the reports of the same saw an upsurge lately, reads “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. Good Luck!’
Officials of the social media giant said that there’s no evidence of any virus being linked to the scam messages or the dissemination of it, the cause of the same is said to be based in fear.
It takes the form of a “chain mail” type of notice, referenced from a spokesperson’s remarks, he further said, ‘We’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. He added, ‘We haven’t seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts).
A cloning scam is when someone creates an alternative Id of a user and puts the pictures and data he stole from the original ID of the victim onto the duplicate account. This kind of identity assault doesn’t require access to the victim’s original ID. Then, in a calculated attempt to pile up more personal data, the criminal sends friend requests to the victim’s original friends (via friends list).
To ensure their safety, users can go and search their name on Facebook, if accounts other than your original one having a similar display and details make it to the search results, odds are in the favor of your account being cloned.
Such cases are to be immediately reported to the Facebook, requesting a removal of the duplicate account which will be taken care of within 24 hours.