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

Are your Facebook feed and messages filled with warnings of cloned profiles? It's going viral

That latest warning from your Facebook friends is a hoax, officials say

"Several inbox messages about cloned accounts and fake friend requests!"

As CBS News reported, the viral message asks Facebook users to hold their finger on the message for an extended period of time until a button with an option to forward the message appears.

Officials say this is not true and if you get one of these messages, simply delete them and do not forward them. The good news is: Chances are, you were not hacked if you received this message, nor are you being impersonated on Facebook, and no fraudulent friend requests got sent.

People apparently spread the baseless message due to residual concern from previous hacking scandals, said the Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in a Facebook post.

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The message reads in part, "Heads-up!"

Facebook recently shut down "Lifestage", its standalone social networking app that it released a year ago for high schoolers.

This particular warning suggests the recipient's Facebook account has been targeted for such "cloning", as indicated by the sender's having received "a second friend request" from that account.

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"Whoever this is coming from, I'll bet you they have some kind of heuristics that look inside that message to find out exactly who forwarded this thing", Witten said. They're a hoax. Do not believe or fall for them.

This may set alarm bells ringing in your head that you have been hacked and someone is wandering around in your shoes calling themselves "Bob", but chances are, they are not.

Always watch what you share on Facebook.

If your Facebook is hacked, there are ways to fix the problem and preventative measures to take to make sure yours does not become compromised. You can click this link to reverse the email change and secure your account'.

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