Viral Facebook Hoax Messages Prompts Warning From Officials

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This recurring hoax has been reported on many news outlets, so why are people still willing to believe it?

The message then tells the receiver to forward it to their friends.

Officials say it is a total hoax.

However, it was quietly dropped after Facebook admitted that a majority of people weren't using it. The message is not linked to the recent Facebook hack, officials told the TV station.

The message falsely instructs users to forward the warning to their friends claiming that cybercriminals were likely to mimic their accounts and send duplicate friend requests. "PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME".

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SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook users were warned about a hoax disguised in a series of Facebook messages, officials announced. "Good Luck!" read the message.

On Sept. 25, Facebook's engineering team discovered a security issue affecting nearly 50 million accounts where hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in Facebook's code that allowed them to take over people's accounts.

Facebook maintains that there is no virus attached to the message and as such, should be deleted once received, warning users not to be fooled by its details. And you didn't receive a request from the person you're forwarding it to.

This may set alarm bells ringing in your head that you have been hacked and someone is wandering around in your shoes calling themselves "Bob", but chances are, they are not. If you notice anything odd, you should change your password as soon as possible. You know the one: the paragraph of legal-sounding text that people post to their Facebook feeds in a misguided attempt to prevent Facebook from taking over the copyright to everything they post.

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