Has Your Facebook Account Been Cloned?
Have you ever gotten friend requests from people you are already friends with? Or gotten a message from friends on Facebook who have alerted you that they are getting friend requests from you? While many think that means their Facebook account was hacked, the good news is that it was cloned which is still annoying because these internet creeps are targeting your friends for nefarious reasons. The other good news is that if you report to Facebook they will quickly delete the cloned accounts.
A cloned account is when someone has made a copy of your Facebook account. They usually add a profile picture and copy a couple of your posts and then reach out to your existing friends with friend requests.
They do not actually have access to your account or your passwords, so thank goodness for that.
Here’s what to do. First, search yourself on Facebook. If you find the cloned account, here’s what to do.
Facebook doesn’t allow accounts to impersonate others, so if you find a clone account you should report it to Facebook. Just go to the cloned profile and:
- Click the “…” icon in the upper right of their profile page.
2. Select “Report Profile.”
3. Follow the instructions onscreen to report the account for impersonating you. Facebook is very fast in removing these fake account.
You can also use this same step to report all those creepy guys who leave comments on your posts saying they’d like to be friends, you are very interesting, and how you have a great smile, etc., etc.
And of course, always be wary of whom you are accepting friend requests from.
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Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more. www.thethreetomatoes.com/about-the-head-tomato