This hoax began in October 2018 and has recently been making the rounds again on the Internet. The warning appears on your Facebook feed, shared by someone on your friends list, stating that they received a new friend request from you.
Should I Share This Warning?
The vast majority of these “warnings” are simply people sharing the post, they have NOT been “hacked” and their profile has not been duplicated. Though this is possible, and we have seen it happen, to be honest it is rare. Some may say “What’s the harm in sharing this?” – it is the equivalent of “crying wolf”, people may ignore your posts in the future if you actually do have a problem. So, unless you are SURE someone is trying to duplicate your profile DO NOT SHARE this warning post – rather, share this Blog post you are reading now!
What Should I Do?
If you are concerned about your profile being duplicated, you can do the following:
- Change your Facebook password. Use a complex password, including upper and lower-case letters, numbers and punctuation. Write this password down. Do not use birthdays, addresses or phone numbers.
- Search for your name on Facebook, see if any of the results are a duplicate of your profile. On the off-chance there are any, report the profile to Facebook as a fake profile. Facebook has ways of verifying that you are indeed who you say you are, and they will remove the bad profile.
- Send a message to a few of your closer friends asking them if they received an additional friend request from you. If they answer “No” then you’re likely not a victim.
Still Have Doubts or Concerns?
VGraphix has techs available to answer your questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t understand or are worried about any of these kinds of issues. We also verify these kinds of things on a regular basis, if it were a real threat we would issue a clear warning. Bear in mind these hoaxes usually count on 2 things: fear and ignorance. In this case, the hoax perpetrators first try to scare you into action (re-posting the warning), also counting on your lack of knowledge about the issue. If in doubt, please message, call or email us.
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