Hollywood, MD- Over the past week, Facebook users have been posting relentlessly that their Facebook accounts have been hacked and to not accept any other friend requests from them.
The message, sent to the users private messenger says,” 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. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.”
The message instructs Facebook users to press the message with their thumb until it prompts them to forward it to all their friends.
Officials across the country are telling Facebook users, stop. By doing so you are continuing to “spread” the hoax.
The message is fake and by forwarding it to everyone on your friends list, you’re spreading the hoax further.
Your account is not sending out duplicate friend requests; there is no known bug or virus infecting Facebook that is sending your friends fake friend requests.
Last year, a real cloning epidemic hit Facebook, but unlike that incident, this one has been proven to be false. In that incident the perpetrators sent out similar messages:
“Heads-up!! Almost every account is being cloned. Your picture and your name are used to create a new Facebook account (they don’t need your password to do this 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”. Copy this message on your wall.”
“HEADS UP: I have been hacked. There is a new hack on Facebook. It includes trying to befriend you, asking for money, or wanting to give you money, and or hurtful phrase coming from you to one of your contacts. It’s very dirty and it appears that you have written it. You do not see it but your friends do. This situation can create many misunderstandings. I would like to say to all my contacts that if something shocking appears, it absolutely does NOT come from me and I would be grateful if you let me know. Thank you very much! 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”. Copy this message on your wall.”
If your Facebook is really hacked there are measures to take fix the problem, but experts also suggest taking preventative measures to avoid having your Facebook account compromised.
The easiest way to find out who has been accessing your account, when, and where is to go into your “Settings”, select “Security”, and then the “Where You’re Logged In” option.
That will give you all the information you need to figure out if you someone has access to your Facebook account that should not.
Other easy steps to take to prevent being hacked on Facebook include regularly changing your password, reporting a hacked account, reporting suspicious messages or applications, and strengthening your other privacy settings.