Here we go again, another Facebook scam/hoax. I saw many of my own Facebook friends posting that they had gotten hacked and accounts showing up under their own name. Here’s the real scoop.
You may have gotten a Facebook message from a friend saying that they’ve gotten another friend request from you, asking you to forward a warning. Don’t fall for it – it’s a scam.
You can pretty much bet that any message that you get that asks you to paste and forward it to all your friends is some kind of scam. The latest is a message that says that your account has been cloned or hacked, and that you should forward the warning to all your friends. Don’t do it. It’s likely the message itself it is a scam, and could make your account vulnerable. Here’s just one of the messages I got:
If you receive a message like this, first, search your name – has your account actually been cloned? If you do see another account with your name, report it to Facebook.
According to CBS News, there are steps you can take if you suspect you’ve been hacked, as well:
- If you worry that your account has been hacked, there is a simple way to check. Go to the arrow in the upper left-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, select Settings. A new menu will pop up. Choose Security and then Where You’re Logged In.
- A list of all of the devices that you’ve logged into and their locations. If there is a login you don’t recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn’t you, click End Activity on the right side of the log to end the session. The hacker will be logged out temporarily.
- Then be sure to change your password. It’s a good practice to occasionally change your passwords on a regular basis.
You can also be part of the solution: don’t forward chain messages in Facebook – unless you first verify that the concern is legit with a simple Google search.