Have you received one of these chain messages? It starts off, “Hi… I actually got another friend request from you yesterday,” and it usually comes from someone you’ve already connected with. It then wants you to check your account and forward the warning to other people on your friends list, even if you haven’t received duplicate friend requests from them yet. According to reports, the Facebook “double friend request” hack is actually a hoax.
It’s easy to see how we could fall for this kind of hoax. Account “cloning” is a real thing where hackers steal users’ photographs and personal details to create an identical account. The fake profile can then be used to trick the user’s friends into spreading malware and handing over sensitive information. If your account has been cloned, your friends likely won’t send you a canned chain message to notify you. But if you do receive the message above and want to confirm whether or not it’s a hoax, you can always try searching your name on Facebook and report any duplicate profiles you find.