Friend request hoax spreading across Facebook

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A viral chain message is making the rounds on Facebook in the latest hoax to hit the social network.

Users are receiving the message through Facebook chat. It reads:

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 too…I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!

The fake message doesn’t actually contain or spread a virus, it’s simply meant to be a chain message that the original author wanted to spread across Facebook. Facebook has not commented on the hoax. Users are advised to delete the message or just ignore it.

“Cloned” accounts have been an issue on Facebook, although they’re not very common. If you believe there is a fake account posing as you, you can report it to Facebook.

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