Officials say stop forwarding Facebook message, it’s a hoax

Facebook's logo on a screen in Ankara Turkey

Then then prompts users to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward...."

Experts say the messages are part of a long-running hoax.

The fact-checking website, snopes.com. has been giving the heads-up to Facebook users that this scam is about the phenomenon of FB "pirates" engaging in the cloning of Facebook accounts.

Another week, and another chain letter is doing the rounds on Facebook.

However, if you're anxious your profile may have been cloned, you can search for your profile on Facebook and report any duplicate accounts.

To see if you have been cloned a simple search on Facebook will work.

As for forwarding this message to people, why?

Facebook users have been receiving messages from their friends warning that there could be a scheme to hack and clone their accounts.

Of course, fake accounts happen; a scammer can take your personal information and set up an account that looks like yours to gather personal data about you or spread viruses.

Earlier this year, a hoax claiming Facebook was about to restrict your news feed to 26 friends went viral thanks to well-intentioned users who copied and pasted the disturbing "news" to their own feeds. When an email is changed, we send a message to the previous email account with a special link.

It's fake - so users shouldn't worry if they see it - but if you're anxious that someone may have got into your account, there are steps to take (below). And there's the immortal copyright hoax. "Good Luck", reads a common message spreading across Facebook.

Officials say forwarding the message only makes it worse.

"Made a phone call and asked her if she had made a new Facebook and she said, 'no, ' and to either delete them or block that person itself", Dolan said.

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