FACT CHECK: 'Got Another Friend Request from You' Facebook Warning

Are your Facebook feed and messages filled with warnings of cloned profiles? It's going viral

A viral Facebook message that claims the message recipient's account has been cloned or compromised is actually a hoax, officials say.

The message users received reads something like: "Hi.I actually got another friend request from you yesterday.which I ignored so you may want to check your account".

Clones, different from hacks, means a spammer created a new account under your name, using your pictures and requesting your friends. It is not a real message.

'We haven't seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts),' a Facebook official said.

But then it goes on to give instructions on how to forward the exact message to all your friends-essentially creating a chain-letter effect. Facebook's recent disclosure that attackers got their hands on access tokens for an unknown number of Facebook accounts is a big deal, since it's the kind of hack that you, a happy Facebook user, could not prevent.

If you think you're a victim of cloning, you should check and see if there is a duplicate of your account. "Good Luck!", the message states.

Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award
England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees. The last victor outside of the superhuman pair is Kaka, the Brazilian playmaker who won the prize in 2007.


Ignore the message that is going viral in FB Messenger right now.

Facebook shut down Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that was part News Feed, part newsreader, in 2016, two years after its launch. And there's the immortal copyright hoax.

Facebook is aware of this message.

Of course, fake accounts happen; a scammer can take your personal information and set up an account that looks like yours to gather personal data about you or spread viruses.

The issue is that people are falling for the hoax and pasting this to their friends, but there really isn't any need to because it's unlikely so many people have been hacked.

Related News:

  • Limo crash kills 20 people in NY

    Limo crash kills 20 people in NY

    The tragedy in upstate NY is America's worst transportation crash in nearly a decade, according to federal authorities. Federal, state and local investigators flooded the tiny town of Schoharie to try to understand what happened .
    Rocket's first stage lands back at launch site

    Rocket's first stage lands back at launch site

    A sonic boom is a sound associated with the shock waves from an aircraft or vehicle traveling faster than the speed of sound. LZ-4 is built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 4W, from which Titan rockets were previously launched.
    Samsung predicts a return to record profits in Q3

    Samsung predicts a return to record profits in Q3

    The higher margins for flexible screens Samsung is supplying for the new range of iPhones helped boost earnings, Kim said. Samsung Electronics announced its earnings for the third quarter, the company earned approximately 57,5 billion dollars.
  • Arsenal legend praises Pogba contribution in Manchester United comeback win

    Arsenal legend praises Pogba contribution in Manchester United comeback win

    These are the games Mourinho's team will be judged in. "I'm amazed", said Mourinho when asked about their backing. Mata dedicated the win to the fans and said they don't deserve what they are going through this season...
    What you need to know about today's presidential cellphone alert

    What you need to know about today's presidential cellphone alert

    According to the FEMA website, more than 100 cell phone providers have agreements with FEMA to participate in the alert message. Eastern time Wednesday, Americans across the country were interrupted by an urgent notification on their cellphones.
    Graham Roberts reacts on Twitter after Spurs' defeat to Barcelona

    Graham Roberts reacts on Twitter after Spurs' defeat to Barcelona

    In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga. Messi twice hit the post after mesmerizing runs, then finished calmly for Barca's third as they looked to be it.
  • Pakistan Arrests Nawaz Sharif's Brother for Alleged Graft

    Pakistan Arrests Nawaz Sharif's Brother for Alleged Graft

    The PML-N party lost the election on July 25 to the rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by former cricket hero Imran Khan. However, Islamabad's High Court last month suspended the jail term, and granted bail to the former three-time premier.
    Manchester City are scared of Liverpool, and so they should be

    Manchester City are scared of Liverpool, and so they should be

    We don't know in this moment as well if he can train tomorrow, we have to see. So you can understand why people might think they have City's number.
    McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

    McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

    Background checks are routine in a nominee's vetting process and are generally delivered to the Senate without much fanfare. The president, who days ago said Ford's testimony was "very credible", ridiculed her memory to cheers from the audience.
  • Jesus not happy Guardiola picked Mahrez to take crucial penalty

    Jesus not happy Guardiola picked Mahrez to take crucial penalty

    Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar. Nevertheless, the second half started with more objective by both the teams and they got many chances to win the game.
    Fulham 1 - 5 Arsenal: 5 star performance for Iwobi

    Fulham 1 - 5 Arsenal: 5 star performance for Iwobi

    Following the game, Keown appears to have criticised Ozil for missing the game and stated that Arsenal did not miss the ex-Germany worldwide .
    Brett Kavanaugh 'involved in bar brawl after UB40 gig'

    Brett Kavanaugh 'involved in bar brawl after UB40 gig'

    Mr Judge's interview started but "has not been completed", his attorney said in a statement quoted by Fox News. Harvard University's student paper has reported that Mr Kavanaugh will not return to teach law in January.


Most liked

MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100000 meteorite
This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County. He also told the station that he plans to donate 10 percent of the sale price to Central Michigan University.

Panthers QB Cam Newton declares he’s standing by new teammate, Eric Reid
The Saints used a new wrinkle last weekend against the Giants, having backup quarterback Taysom Hill rush four times for 28 yards. Odell Beckham Jr . has yet to score a touchdown and will reach a career-long drought of five games if he doesn't score Sunday.

Pompeo’s China visit marked by frosty talks and ‘fundamental disagreement’
Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June and - at the time - announced that the two countries are set to " start a new history ". USA officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

Microphones picked up comment from Conor McGregor after third round against Khabib
McGregor didn't appear at the news conference. "He was like, 'We don't like each other, whatever.' He doesn't care about charges". White said three members of Nurmagomedov's team were detained by police, but released after McGregor refused to press charges.

China asked to divulge information on Interpol chief Meng's disappearance
He likely dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, now serving a life sentence for corruption. In addition to his Interpol post , Mr Meng is also a vice minister for public security in China.

Pep Guardiola is the world’s best manager, says Jurgen Klopp
Guardiola admitted after the game that his team were deeper than usual as they controlled Liverpool's rapid forward line expertly. Up and down they ( Liverpool ) are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, it is built for that.

Judge tells Tesla, SEC to justify lawsuit deal before settling
The SEC filed a lawsuit on September 27 charging fraud and seeking to bar Musk from serving as an executive at any public company. The SEC declined to comment about the latest tweet, and a spokesperson for Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

Central American storm may turn to tropical depression in coming days
Happy Saturday night! While you're enjoying your weekend, things are looking to become busy in the world of weather. The tropical system will approach the Gulf Coast just as the cold front pushes in to approach the Gulf on Tuesday.

Liverpool show interest in Arsenal 27-year-old player
With his passion, I spoke with him [and said] the most important thing is - when the team need his help - [he] has to be prepared. Emery called on the pre-season signing from Bayer Leverkusen to seize his chance, saying: "I'm very happy with Leno".

After Central Sulawesi Quake, Empowering Coastal Communities Will Save Lives
But the Sulawesi tsunami was "atypical" and could not have been simulated, said Girardet, of the U.N. The work to retrieve bodies has been hampered by lack of heavy equipment to dig them out.

Retired Justice Stevens: Kavanaugh's Temperament Disqualifies Him
Stevens, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975, retired from the Supreme Court in 2010. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens , 98, spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination on Thursday in Florida.

Vettel: Mercedes are downplaying their own vehicle
With damaged tyres, they were anxious Hamilton could lose second place to Vettel, and having Bottas in between them acted as a buffer to protect Hamilton.

Trump is trusted less than Putin and Xi, global study finds
Meanwhile, in Japan, 30 percent said they trusted Trump, which is 6 percentage points higher than on the previous year's survey. The data, released Monday by the Pew Research Center, shows Trump along with Xi and Putin being viewed mostly with distrust.

India's currency falls to all-time low against US dollar
A labourer carries an iron pipe at the construction site of a residential complex on the outskirts of Kolkata, October 5, 2018. The greenback also shot to its highest so far this year on the yen and an all-time high against the Indian rupee.

US, Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals
Also on the agenda is Russian training for Indian astronauts as New Delhi aims to launch its first crewed space mission in 2022. China has also perturbed India by loaning vast amounts of money to countries such as Sri Lanka where it has long held sway.