What You Need To Know About Facebook Cloning Messages


If you have a Facebook account, you’ve probably heard about the latest hoax going around.

There’s a chance your Facebook friends have sent you the message.  It says your friend has gotten another friend request from you.

“I’ve received messages from a number of different people,” Facebook user Jackie Shepperson said.

Shepperson isn’t alone.  A lot of people are getting it. 

“It comes through on Messenger, it’s from your friend so you trust it.  The reality is it’s scammers who have cloned their messengers and not even really taken over their Facebook page, so this is just a very standard thing,” Jessie Schmidt with Better Business Bureau said.

It then asks you to forward the message. By doing that, you could be doing more harm than good.

“What you’re doing is, is you’re just forwarding the scam on and on and on,” Schmidt said.

The Better Business Bureau also suggests another easy way to keep all your social media accounts safe.

“Just pays to update your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, all those social channels that you have, to change those passwords fairly regularly,” Schmidt said.

If you think your Facebook page is being hacked, you can head to your settings and choose ‘security’ and then ‘where you’re logged in.’ From there you will see a list of all the devices you’re logged into and their locations. If you see something that isn’t you, click ‘end activity.’ 

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