You've heard about every Facebook scam out there, right? You know you should never click on a coupon for a store or restaurant that's supposedly giving away free food.
You know better than to fill out a form for free airline trips. And, you wouldn't send someone you don't know money, even if they say, "I love you."
But you probably haven't heard about this one. It starts with a very serious, real problem on Facebook. It's called cloning.
Someone assumes the profile of one of your friends or even a family member. They send you messages and you fall for it. It's easy to, especially if they're using your friend's profile and picture.
This new scam warns you about Facebook cloning. This is the hook!
The scammers are sending the alerts. While no one's really sure what they're up to, it's likely they're collecting your personal information when you forward that warning to your friends and family.
This scam, which may have started in North Korea, has a few red flags that let you know it's a scam. One of the messages says, "Just giving everyone fair warning. Almost all the accounts are being hacked."
Some also say, "Your profile picture and name are used to create a new face book account." Others say, "HEADS UP!!!! Almost all of the FB accounts are being hacked now."
Bad grammar like "face book" is always a giveaway. Even the worst spellers know how to spell "Facebook."
Don't copy these warnings and post to your page, as the scammers suggest. There's no reason to and it may cause you problems down the road.
Bonus: If your Facebook profile has been cloned, open the clone profile page. Click the three-dot menu to the right of Message >> Report >> Report this profile >> They're pretending to be me or someone I know.