It then asks the recipient to forward the message to all their friends, an instruction that causes the hoax to spread even farther, officials said.
"Hi... I actually got another friend request from you yesterday which I ignored so you may want to check your account", reads the viral message that is completely bogus.
Still, what's unusual 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 2nd friend request from "me".
The message then tells the receiver to forward it to their friends.
Facebook users are being warned that a scam is circulating in which users receive a personal message that appears to be from a friend warning them that they received "another friend request from you".
If one of the messages is received, Kelso says users should simply ignore and delete the message. There is no bug or virus now confirmed that is sending your Friends fake requests.
That turned into timelines filled with "I got hacked" posts.
Some users who forwarded the message took to social media, saying their accounts have been hacked.
If you've been on your Facebook news feed lately, you probably have noticed some rather odd posts.
Earnhardt said your first line of defense would be to hide your friends list, because when you send these hoax messages you are exposing your friends to more problems. There's an easy way to find out if you've been cloned: search for your name to see if someone else has opened an account pretending to be you. It's a hoax, your account wasn't cloned. On a help center page, they told a user that "the notification you saw is likely a scam".