Did You Receive a Facebook Friend Request From Someone Who’s Already on Your List?
A chain forwarding message has been circulating on Facebook in the last few days, being perpetrated by people who wrongly believe their account is sending friend requests to everyone. The message comes as a concern from one of your acquintances saying that you just sent them another friend request and you may want to check your account.
The text is a hoax meant to urge Facebook users foward it to their contacts, with no intention to defraud them in any way. However, there is more, and you should be very careful about this. Why do so many people still forward the message?
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The message reads:
“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you 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 to all the people you want to forward to….PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.”
If you look at the content, there is a red flag that stands out and which you should keep in mind for next time you receive something similar. There is an instruction: “hold your finger and … hit forward to all the people you want to forward to”. People interpret this as “forward to everyone”. Instructions to do things within Facebook Messenger (or emails, text messages, etc) are the first dead giveaway you should look for.
Beware of the New Facebook Accounts Asking For Your Friendship
However, this hoax is just a simple game tricksters play every few months or so. However, it is less dangerous than the case where criminals steal your friends’ images and create duplicate profiles of their accounts. Then they add you again as a ‘friend’ and once you approve they start asking for all weird requests.
Because we often receive legitimate duplicate friend requests from people we know, many Facebook users fall victims to the real scammers. Be very careful at what the new account user is asking you to do.
Facebook Scams: How To Report Them
Make your family and friends aware of the Facebook Friend Request Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the questionable Facebook accounts directly to Facebook or to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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4 thoughts on “Facebook Friend Request Hoax”
I got a message from an old friend asking me to help her reinstate her profile ,It started by saying she was locked out i was not convinced and said so ,The next thing they sent me a picture of her and pleaded for help and i should send a code to her i got,, i was flustered and wanted to delete it however i hit the wrong button . i followed fb direction got it back for 5 min he kicked me out again many friends sent screen shots to fb they did not help,It is like they want this to happen knowing you will start a new one more accounts more revenue ,,In short i lost all me friends all over the I even had to block my old account GRRRR
I CONTACTED FACEBOOK NUMEROUS TIMES ABOUT SOMEONE HACKING MY ACCOUNT. THEY TOOK IT OVER, USING THEIR EMAIL,PASSWORD,ETC. I CAN’T GET IN TO DELETE THE ACCOUNT. THEY ARE MESSAGING MY FRIENDS ACTING LIKE IT’S ME. FACEBOOK WON’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, THEY SAY IT DOESN’T GO AGAINEST THEIR RULES. THEY HACKED INTO MY PAYPAL,INSTAGRAM,EBAY,BANK ACCOUNTS. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU KNOW OF THAT I CAN DO?
Nothing they can do? But they will suspend your account, their you into Facebook prison for offending someone? Maybe you should say they offended you
that happened to me they made me down load my post pictures an alll my info kicked me out .i had 8 friends couple days later i had 250 friends it friended friends i wasnt go to friend .my messenger notified me i had message i checked it some guy was saying i was trying to get friends to give me money . i went to my profile my picture was gone my name stayed under my name was new picture of some guy in tan suit setting on a desk saying hes me talking to my 8 friends giving sob story telling tem to chat on messengeran getting money from them went back to messenger cussed the the guy out how said i was scamming told him you got friend virus now an my account got hacked an i got scammed out of 300 from facebook lottery i thought was legit i was getting text from mark had copy of his drivers license tried to tell support i was getting scamed wanting to talk to real person where the ask ask you in support how can we help you said i being scamed getting nowhere i started cussing the out in the little box where you ask for help that wernt on for couple hrs got no where 2 days later kicked out forever lost gmail acc to google told me i wast me i changed your password 10 months ago wrong password yea i changed it to the one they said was wrong an i cant get it back ever .that was in 2020 when it happened to me i know how you feel
it sucks not your fault