Heads-up!! Your Facebook account was not cloned

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It also recommends forwarding the message to everyone you know and provides instructions on how to do so.

- Have you received a warning from a Facebook friend about multiple friend requests?

The message is fake and by forwarding it your Facebook friends or followers it only persists in spreading the hoax. But that's not what's happening here, according to Facebook-there's apparently been no uptick in fake accounts since the messages started making the rounds.

A spokesperson reportedly told them, "Claiming to be another person on Facebook violates our Community Standards, and we have a dedicated team that's tasked with helping to detect and block these kinds of scams".

On Sept. 25, Facebook's engineering team discovered a security issue affecting nearly 50 million accounts where hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in Facebook's code that allowed them to take over people's accounts.

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While Facebook cloning - where a profile is created using the stolen photos and information from someone else's account - is real and can happen, with scammers using it to contact someone's friends and gather information, this message is just a Facebook "chain letter". "PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

"Please stop sending me copy and paste emails about Facebook accounts being cloned". I had to do the people individually.

If there is one that looks suspicious then you can select it and choose the "not you" option which will then lead to Facebook helping you to secure your account.

HOAX: If you get this message on Facebook, do not forward. However, Facebook told a local ABC News affiliate in Syracuse that it has not seen a rise in cloned accounts.

The best way to avoid being duped: Ignore it. Delete it. It means nothing. And definitely don't forward it to your friends.

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