LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/WSYR)- Several Facebook users are worried their Facebook accounts are being cloned. According to Facebook, that is not happening.
The company says it might seem as if that’s case because so many users are sending warnings to their friends. Maybe you’ve even received one of those messages.
There seem to be two variations:
“Heads-up!! Almost every account is being cloned. Your picture and your name are used to create a new face book account (they don’t need your password to do this this). They want your friends to add them to their Facebook account. Your friends will think that it’s you and accept your request. From that point on they can write what they want under your name. I have NO plans to open a new account. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from ‘me’. please forward to all your contacts.”
“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!”
Facebook says accounts can’t be cloned, but a scammer could use your name and photos to create an account that looks like yours.
If you think that has happened to you or a friend, you can report it to Facebook here.