Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Officials say stop forwarding Facebook message, it’s a hoax

Officials say stop forwarding Facebook message, it’s a hoax

The attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code that impacted "View As", a feature that lest people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.

When scammers get access to your account, they can steal information tied to that account.

But if you have received one, don't worry - it doesn't mean your account has been cloned and you don't need to share on the message to warn others.

The message is fake and by forwarding it your Facebook friends or followers it only persists in spreading the hoax.

If you want to check if your Facebook account has been hacked you'll firstly want to make sure that you can still login. I have NO plans to open a new account.

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".

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As CBS News reported, the viral message asks Facebook users to hold their finger on the message for an extended period of time until a button with an option to forward the message appears.

But chances are, based on a small sampling of my friends and colleagues, the messages are coming from your friend's real account, passed along to you on the wind of good intentions.

The message falsely instructs users to forward the warning to their friends claiming that cybercriminals were likely to mimic their accounts and send duplicate friend requests.

"We haven't seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts)".

This latest incident is the second security breach to occur on Facebook within the past two weeks.

The techies have also realised that the details of the message are not a description of how cloning of accounts happens.

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