Officials warn Facebook users about hoax messages


FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global […]

(WRIC/WFLA) – Have you been getting annoying Facebook messages in your inbox? According to authorities, you can ignore them.

The Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Louisiana posted on Facebook saying there was a cloning epidemic on the social media site about 18 months ago that was real. And although some people still do get hacked, the new message that’s circulating is different.

“You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about being hacked,” the agency said. “You weren’t. It’s bogus. And you’re just making it worse.”

The message begins with “Hi…I actually got another friend request from you yesterday which I ignored so you may want to check your account.”

It then instructs you to hold your finger down and forward the message.

“Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to,” the agency said in a post. “You’re simply doing it because the message tells you to. DON’T.”

They say those who continue to forward the message are becoming “one of the reasons why the hoax is spreading so fast.”

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