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

Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

Officials warn against Facebook hoax messages

If you receive these messages, officials encourage users to simply ignore them.

"Occasionally Facebook accounts are cloned and the hackers will send your friend's phishing emails to dupe them into clicking on a link that will infect them", he explained.

The Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (PPOHSEP) are warning Facebook users about a message that has gone viral. They don't gain access to any of your private information but will try to trick your friends into adding them and then ask for money or send viruses.

If you have gotten any suspicious messages on your Facebook profile lately it's probably best to ignore them.

Between fake news, Russian hacks, and data breaches, Facebook has certainly had its fair share of problems in the past couple of years.

Facebook did not respond to request for comment by press time, but it has said that the posts could be going viral due to fear. There's an easy way to find out if you've been cloned: search for your name to see if someone else has opened an account pretending to be you. They just fell into the hoax hole that seems to keep on growing.

"We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook".

Still, what's unusual is that people are (perhaps absentmindedly) sharing a message that includes the words "I actually got another friend request from you", even when they received no such fraudulent friend request. And there's the immortal copyright hoax.

The message says, "Hi...."

If your Facebook is really hacked there are measures to take fix the problem, but experts also suggest taking preventative measures to avoid having your Facebook account compromised. That message was real.

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