In case you have received any message on Facebook claiming that your account has been cloned, it is a hoax. People have been receiving messages from existing Facebook friends stating that they received a friend request from you. It asks people to check their account and forward the message individually to others.
The scam message reads: '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!' Facebook Hoax Message! Do Not Type Gratula to Confirm Your Account’s Security, It Is As Fake As BFF Was.
A Facebook official said that while there is no virus attached to the message, it should not be forwarded. Daily Mail quoted the official as saying, "We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. It takes the form of a 'chain mail' type of notice."
Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Louisiana took to Facebook urging users to stop forwarding the hoax message. Here is their Facebook post:
Your Facebook account is cloned when someone creates an account similar to that of yours stealing your pictures, videos and other personal information. It then sends out friend requests to people from your existing friend list. Cloned Facebook accounts also sent out fake messages to people.
Hoax messages have been on rising in the recent past. Many-a-times these messages carry viruses thus inviting trouble for those who open it. While this message doesn't carry a virus, it is advisable to delete it. In case of any confusion relating to your Facebook account, you should contact Facebook support care.