Facebook hoax hitting inboxes telling users their accounts been cloned

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Chances are you've gotten one (or dozens) of these messages from friends trying to be helpful.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office says the hack is a hoax. "I actually got another friend request from you yesterday ... which I ignored so you may want to check your account..."

Still, what's odd 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. "PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

A viral hoax is spreading across Facebook, prompting officials to warn against heeding the fake messages about cloned accounts.

The message falsely instructs users to forward the warning to their friends claiming that cybercriminals were likely to mimic their accounts and send duplicate friend requests.

But then it goes on to give instructions on how to forward the exact message to all your friends-essentially creating a chain-letter effect. They just fell into the hoax hole that seems to keep on growing.

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A new Facebook scam is making headlines across the country.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

Facebook users are being duped into thinking their accounts have been cloned thanks to a viral message.

Is this message real?

If this is still possible then you should go to the Security and login tab that can be found under the main settings, which you can access by clicking the arrow in the top right of the page. Once those friend requests are accepted, the scammers can then spread messages which appear to originate from the targeted account, luring that person's friends into propagating malware, falling for phishing schemes, or disclosing personal ithat can be used for identity theft.