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Facebook users warning others about cloned profiles

Some Facebook users are warning others on social media after their accounts were cloned. 

A cloned account is different than an account that is hacked. A Facebook clone is a account created by a spammer to look similar to another, even sending images and requests to friends of the real account. 

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The messages look something like this, according to WSYR:

"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!"

If the friend accepts the request, the spammer messages them asking for money or sends a link to identity theft malware.

Facebook officials told WSYR they do not see a spike in cloned accounts and the warning messages could be going around for awareness. 

If users suspect something is wrong with their account, they can report it here to Facebook.

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