Facebook users have been getting a hoax message that’s trying to convince them their account has been compromised. The hoax comes just over a week after the social media giant admitted that a security breach had resulted in 50 million Facebook accounts being hacked, including the accounts of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. However, the October 2018 hoax does not have a virus attached to the message. The fake message tells the user their account has been cloned, which means that someone has created a new account that uses all of their personal information and photos to impersonate them on the social network. “Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account,” the hoax message reads. It then tells the users to pass on the message to all of their Facebook friends. “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!” the rest of the message reads. A spokesperson said: “We’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. It takes the form of a ‘chain mail’ type of notice. We haven’t seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts). The volume of these types of posts isn’t a good measure for how often impersonation is actually happening.” With Facebook security a hot topic at the moment, here’s how you can tell if your Facebook account has been hacked.
How to tell if your Facebook account has been hacked
If you think your Facebook account has been hacked or just want to stay on top of your account security, first go to the Settings section of the Facebook site. Then click on the Security and login tab. This will tell you where and from which device your Facebook account has been accessed. If you spot some locations or devices that you don’t recognize, you can flag them up as suspicious by clicking “Not You” button on the right of the information. You should also keep an eye out on posts appearing on your account that were not written by you or suspicious friend requests. Other signs that your account has been hacked include friend requests being sent out from your account, and your personal information and passwords being changed.
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