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Your Facebook Has Been Hacked! (Not Really)

If like 2 billion other people who use Facebook regularly, you will not have been able to escape the fact that everyone currently thinks they have been hacked due to a message they are receiving in their inbox.

Rarely does a potential security risk cause so much kerfuffle, but this one seems to resonate with users from every background. So now, spreading like wildfire so much as to now have its own memes, everyone thinks they have been targeted by a profile cloning scam.

facebook friend scam

How It started

Well, it seems that someone with way to much time on their hands came up with the idea to inbox people saying;

“Hi… I actually got another friend request from you yesterday… which I ignored so you may want to check your account,” it reads. “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. Good Luck!”

It is little more than a chain letter – you know the sort, forward this to 10 of your friends and you will find your true love within two hours. Its just a time waster. Ignore it and move on to something much more fun like cat videos.

When the first batch of users received it some did as instructed, then those people forwarded it and so on.

How chain mails spread like wildfire

It holds absolutely no truth, you have not been cloned or hacked. Obviously, these types of attacks do happen but the scammer wouldn’t then inbox you to let you know.

If there were half as much noise made about other types of attacks as this fake one, the internet would be a much wiser and safer place. So remember, next time you see some information regarding a current scam which is REAL even if it doesn’t impact you directly, share that as much as you shared this one.