New Facebook message hoax spreading

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"I actually got another friend request from you yesterday which I ignored so you may want to check your account".

Most users fear such messages could be used to install computer virus that put their device and account data at risk but Facebook has dispelled the fears terming the warning messages a hoax. The message is making people believe that their account was hacked and is sending out friend requests without their consent.

Homeland Security says if you see it just ignore it. The message makes users think their account has been hacked or cloned.

Another week, and another chain letter is doing the rounds on Facebook. If you see a duplicate account using your name and photo, you can report it to Facebook.

If more than one account comes up, someone may be impersonating you and you should report the fake account so Facebook can delete it. "Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don't need to re-enter their password every time they use the app".

"You then can see every device where your account is now logged in".

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Officials are warning Facebook users about a new viral message that is actually a hoax. After Facebook announced late last month that a security breach affected almost 50 million users, that fear is growing. It asks people to check their account and forward the message individually to others. And there's the immortal copyright hoax.

The message goes like this: "Hi..."

Similarly, the "you've been hacked" hoax spread in the wake of some real news about Facebook security: that tens of millions of accounts were compromised by a massive hack.

West Fargo mom, Destiny Dolan, says just a couple days ago, she got a second friend request from her aunt.

Facebook shut down Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that was part News Feed, part newsreader, in 2016, two years after its launch.

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