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The warning you were sent about cloned Facebook accounts isn't real

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Despite our Facebook friends' best intentions, the warning so many users are getting sent to them isn't real. 

Facebook feeds and Messenger inboxes have been bombarded with alerts that Facebook accounts are getting cloned.

One version of the message looks like this:

"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.   Good Luck!"

Another version:

"One of my Facebook friends got another friend request in my name. There maybe a false account up, so let me know if any of my messages look odd."

Facebook tells NewsChannel 9 there has not been an increase in reports of account impersonation.

Yes, cloning happens. We can't speak for every single case, but if you received these messages in the last two days, chances are, your account wasn't cloned or hacked.

Like a chain letter or email, these messages are being forwarded by our Facebook friends without them verifying if it's real. 

Their account hasn't been hacked. In most cases, it's them forwarding the message as a precaution.

It serves as a reminder to think before sending something along.


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