A viral Facebook message that claims the message recipient's account has been cloned or compromised is actually a hoax, officials say.
The message wound up on the radar of the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, who posted to Facebook asking people to stop sharing the hoax message.
"You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about being hacked. You weren’t. It’s bogus. And you're just making it worse," the Facebook post read.
Other news outlets have reported that the message being sent around resembles the message below:
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 to. I had to do the people individually. Good Luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME.
"Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to," the Facebook post states. "You’re simply doing it because the message tells you to... It urges you to forward it to 'all the people you want to forward to' – which many take to mean all their friends."
Facebook officials told WYSR-TV that they have not seen an unusual uptick in cloned accounts and that people are likely sharing the message out of fear. The message is not linked to the recent Facebook hack, officials told the TV station.