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Your Facebook Account May Not Be Hacked

But telling all your Facebook friends not to accept your fake friend requests may actually be helping the hackers, so you may want to think about deleting those posts.


Here’s the reality of the situation:

  1. Your account may not be actually hacked.  An account does not have to be actually hacked in order for a hacker to copy your profile picture and pretend to be you and send out friend requests.

  2. Your friends should know if they are already friends with you.  They should not accept a friend request from you if you are already friends.  This is simply common sense.

  3. By posting not to accept friend requests, you may be playing in to the hackers hands.  They want to disrupt Facebook and clutter feeds to make people frustrated with Facebook.  Don’t help them.

  4. Definitely don’t forward messages on Facebook messenger.  Those could spread a potential virus without you knowing.  Just ignore and delete the messages.

  5. You should never copy and report Facebook statuses like this or others that seem innocent enough.  These often let the hackers know who is vulnerable to their ploys and they will use this against you, now or in the future.

  6. If you want to know if you account has actually be duplicated, just search Facebook for your name.  If you see more than one of you, then someone is trying to impersonate you.  Follow Facebook’s process to report a fake account.  That’s the best way to deal with these things.

At the end of the day, just use common sense.  Ignore friend requests from people you are already friends with.  Don’t help the hackers out by telling all your friends to ignore those requests, just ignore them and move on.

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