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Beware of Cloned Facebook Accounts - Profile Cloning

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Beware of Cloned Facebook Accounts - Profile Cloning

Profile Cloning is using an existing users' publicly shared information (profile picture, photos, name) to clone those users' profiles or accounts, in an attempt to trick those users' friends into accepting bogus friend requests from the cloned accounts. In other words, a scammer or hacker uses Facebook users' profile pictures, names and other information to create duplicate profiles or accounts. The scammer or hacker will then send friend requests to all of the Facebook users' friends, asking to be added as a friend from the cloned Facebook accounts.

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When those users' friends see the requests, they will accept them because they know the name and photo of the requesters. Once the bogus requests are accepted, the scammer can post malicious links or content which will appear as if it came from the users whose profiles or accounts were duplicated or cloned.

The malicious links or content will take potential victims to websites that contain Trojan horse, spyware, and other malware, which will infect their computers and be used by the cybercriminals to steal their personal and financial information. The malicious links may also take potential victims to phishing websites that will scam them, by tricking them into sending their personal information, financial information, online account information, and money.

If you know that you have already accepted someone as your friend and, you receive a second request to add that same friend, it might be that your friend’s account was cloned. Therefore, before accepting any friend request, please ensure that you thoroughly check the requester’s information to determine who that person really is. Try sending a private message to the requester asking questions that only that friend would know.

How to Tell if Your Facebook Account Has Been Cloned

Search for your profile name (the full name that you are using on Facebook), and click the "People" tab. If you see multiple Facebook accounts with your name and profile pictures of yourself, then you know that your account has been cloned, or you have been a victim of Profile Cloning.

To report a cloned Facebook account, please click here for instructions.

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  • Posted: Oct 9, 2018 at 5:29 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "Third and last thing is the number of messages I am getting on Facebook that ask me to forward their message to all my friends, which there are several different versions,

    Heads-up!! Almost every account is being cloned. Your picture and your name are used to create a new facebook account (they don't need your password to do this this). They want your friends to add them to their Facebook account. Your friends will think that it's you and accept your request. From that point on they can write what they want under your name. I have NO plans to open a new account. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts

    Please pass it on!!!

    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 and all the people you want to forward too....I had to do the people individually. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.

    Heads-up!! It appears that many accounts are being cloned. Your picture and your name may be used to create a new facebook account (they don't need your password to do this). They want your friends to add them to their Facebook account. Your friends will think that it's you and accept your request. From that point on they can write what they want under your name.

    I have NO plans to open a new account. Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts"

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  • Posted: Feb 10, 2017 at 11:38 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States

    There have been several instances where I have been notified 1st by an FBI agent giving away US grant money & all I have to do is pay shipping & handling. The thing is they used people in my contact list whom I was able to call & find out it was fraud. There is a fellow Mickey Wayne Fitzpatrick Jr who also has been harassed on Facebook & later got my phone number & somehow started changing things. I get my cellphone from my daughters' company & she is the savvy person. I'm just learning to use the cellphone. Mickey laughs at me b/c I'm not techno savvy. I have told him to get away from me on fb & stop messing with my phone, but he doesn't listen. So I just pray. If you can help please do.

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    • Posted: Feb 10, 2017 at 11:51 AM by info

      Let your daughter show you how to block unscrupulous Facebook users who are harassing you, and report them to Facebook.

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  • Posted: Feb 7, 2017 at 10:05 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Los Angeles, California, United States

    Why doesn't FB have a 1800 number?

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  • Posted: Feb 2, 2017 at 4:05 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Springfield, Illinois, United States

    What about all the posts that tell you to copy and paste instead of sharing? What would the reason be for doing this? Or is it another way to scam?

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    • Posted: Feb 2, 2017 at 7:16 PM by info

      Most of them are hoaxes or fake-news created by pranksters to create mischief or cause public panic.

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  • Posted: Sep 29, 2016 at 9:36 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Los Angeles, California, United States

    What a fool I am. Just thought I was helping and being Christ like. Going to check the activity log right now and start trying to fix this. Already have some of the know scams on Facebook, the surgery kid. Same picture an all. Thanks. And thanks to my dear friend who alerted me. I will surely pass it on.

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  • Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 9:57 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Venice, Florida, United States

    Thanks for info on cloning. This is happy to me right now . Didn't know how to stop it!

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  • Posted: Aug 12, 2016 at 2:23 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Did the other account get closed down as people get requests from me?

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  • Posted: Jul 1, 2016 at 9:15 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "The PowerBall scammers contacted me using the account of one of my friends claiming she was contacting me and had already won. Seems they are getting more deceptive! I was led to believe it was my friend messaging me sharing she won and my name was on the list with her. She stated she already received her money and I should to. I then trusted the program and sent my name address, email etc to the contact for my prize. Then I was asked to send money. I double checked my friends page and found 2 FB pages for her one set up just days before my message from her! Can you add that they are hacking FB accounts and sending fake messages posing as our already known friends?!"

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  • Posted: Apr 27, 2016 at 6:17 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States

    How do you know if you are a victim of Profile Cloning?

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    • Posted: Apr 27, 2016 at 6:39 PM by info

      Search for your profile name (the full name that you are using on Facebook), and click the "People" tab. If you see multiple Facebook accounts with your name and profile pictures of yourself, then you know that your account has been cloned, or you have been a victim of Profile Cloning.

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  • Posted: Feb 21, 2016 at 12:24 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

    An impostor used my profile, sent out friend requests and communicated with my friends posing as if he/she was me and spread false info about my family, until he/she slipped up in conversation and then my friend realised this was a fake person and not me.

    Then he/she used my profile pic and name, my hubby's profile pic and name and my children's profile pic and name on porno pics and circulated it to every friend on mine, my hubby's and my children's Contacts. Though the messages went into their filtered list, but the disgusting thing is that it is still visible with our names and all. I reported it to Facebook and so did my Contacts and the Account was Blocked, but the damage has already been done. What can one do against such Loathsome Characters?? Can they be traced and dealt with?

    Incidentally I had all my security checks in place except my contact list was visible.. And he seems to have plotted this and my profile pics which are public.

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    • Posted: Feb 21, 2016 at 1:51 PM by info

      It is hard to trace them because they are living in foreign countries, and some are using wireless technology that always on the go and makes finding them virtually impossible.

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  • Posted: Feb 11, 2016 at 12:01 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Chicago, Illinois, United States

    Someone sent me a FB friend request that is already a friend of mine. I wasn't sure what was going on, so I just accepted the request. Later I started getting communication thru Chat from this person, that I am not very close to and don't speak to on chat. Then they started asking if I received my money from an organization, saying she received $150,000 from them. Then I got suspicious. I can't recall the name of orgn. it was abbreviated - 4 letter CF or CD.info. is gone off chat. I stated to them that I knew this was a scam. And it ended after that. Bonnie Gora is the name of the original friend. I will try to locate more information. Thank you. I don't know if this means I have a virus now. I do an anti-virus software.

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  • Posted: Feb 1, 2016 at 4:41 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Newark, New Jersey, United States

    I want to delete and block a site from my FB account. Someone is posting p*rnography on my Timeline. I reported it to FB but it is still appearing on my timeline. Please help me. The site I want to block is pix.wojublog.com

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    • Posted: Feb 1, 2016 at 5:13 AM by info

      Currently, you cannot block a website from your Timeline, but you can block the post or the person who sent it.to block the post or the person who sent it, click the down arrow at the top-right corner of the post and select one of the follow options:

      1. Hide post - see fewer posts like this
      2. Unfollow - stop seeing posts but stay friends
      3. Hide all from..
      4. Stop seeing posts from this person

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  • Posted: Jan 6, 2016 at 10:42 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

    I was cloned yesterday. A friend on Facebook recognized that it was malicious and reported the cloned account to Facebook. Because my friend reported it, Facebook did take it down.

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  • Posted: Jan 4, 2016 at 3:12 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Newport, Kentucky, United States

    I have been hacked. Someone set up a profile under the name of Linda McDaniels from West Carrolton, Ohio. This is not me. This is not my account. I tried to notify FB. They would not help me. Will you please help me?

    Thank you, Angelia N.

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    • Posted: Jan 4, 2016 at 4:26 PM by info

      You were not hacked, just cloned. Only Facebook can removed the cloned account.

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  • Posted: Dec 31, 2015 at 1:43 PM by info

    We have noticed that scammers are cloning Facebook users' accounts and tricking users' friends into accepting a friend request from them. Once the friends accept the bogus requests for the cloned Facebook accounts, the scammers will attempt to scam them by sending them fake messages. The fake messages claim that the friends are lottery winners or winners of some so-called promotion.

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  • Posted: Dec 20, 2015 at 8:52 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Marsh Harbour, Central Abaco District, Bahamas

    What does the scammer gain by doing this? I've seen it happening all the time. Never happened to me that I know of.

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    • Posted: Dec 31, 2015 at 9:54 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Clayton, North Carolina, United States

      Had this happen to me. They started private chatting with my friends who accepted the request and asking them for money.

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    • Posted: Dec 20, 2015 at 9:24 AM by info

      Check the article again, we have updated it with the information.

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