That latest warning from your Facebook friends is a hoax, officials say

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SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook users were warned about a hoax disguised in a series of Facebook messages, officials announced.

"If a friend informs you that he or she has received a second friend request from you, this could indeed be an indication that your account has been cloned".

This prompts everyone else who receives it to believe their accounts may have also been cloned.

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There are numerous ways to ensure that your Facebook account is as protected as possible from potential being hacked.

Kelso said the best way to keep your Facebook account from getting cloned is to hide your "friends list". "You're simply doing it because the message tells you to".

"Your account isn't sending duplicate friend requests". You did not send anyone a friend request.

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People apparently spread the baseless message due to residual concern from previous hacking scandals, said the Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in a Facebook post.

Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating, WSYR reported. The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..." Good Luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME.

Don't forward it. That message is fake.

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That will give you all the information you need to figure out if you someone has access to your Facebook account that should not. If it has, report the profile to Facebook.