There's a new Facebook 'Friend Request' hoax doing the rounds

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Officials say it is a total hoax.

Clones, different from hacks, means a spammer created a new account under your name, using your pictures and requesting your friends. If you see another you out there, you can click on the "Report this profile" button on the bogus account's page to have it reported to Facebook.

To that end, Facebook says none of this related to the security breach.

The messages begin with "Hi...." The hoax works by suggesting an account has been cloned, even when it hasn't, prompting anxious users to spread the message to all their friends.

The message claims the sender has received a "duplicate friend request" from the recipient.

"Please stop sending me copy and paste emails about Facebook accounts being cloned".

The message is a hoax, and anyone who shares it is spreading it. I had to do the people individually.

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Forwarding these messages is actually creating confusion and suggests a widespread, sudden problem that doesn't exist.

The message warns people their accounts may have been cloned. "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts".

Other easy steps to take to prevent being hacked on Facebook include regularly changing your password, reporting a hacked account, reporting suspicious messages or applications, and strengthening your other privacy settings.

Another Facebook hoax is making the rounds.

Last year, a real cloning epidemic hit Facebook, but unlike that incident, this one has been proven as false. Do not forward it to all your friends.

"The best thing for users to do is just delete the messages they receive about this, especially if they echo the exact same language used above".

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