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Viral Facebook Scam Tells Users Their Account Has Been ‘Cloned’

So what should you do when you receive this message?

Have you seen any suspicious messages coming across your Facebook profile recently? Officials are issuing a warning about a possible Facebook hoax.

A new viral message is floating around the web over the weekend to trick Facebook users that their accounts have been hacked and cloned. The message will tell the victim that they received a “duplicate friend request.”

The message reads:

“Hi…. I actually got another friend request from you yesterday… 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. Good Luck.”

Plaquemines Parish officials say the message is fake, and urge people not to forward the message. Last year, a real cloning epidemic hit Facebook, but unlike that incident, this one has been proven false.

A Facebook spokesperson said:

“We’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook … It takes the form of a ‘chain mail’ type of notice … We haven’t seen an increase in incoming reports of impersonation (cloned accounts) … The volume of these types of posts isn’t a good measure for how often impersonation is actually happening.”

Unfortunately, making a fake account on social media is way too easy. All the scammers have to do is to use someone else’s picture, which is readily available online, and create a profile. They don’t need to know the victim’s password as they created the clone profile themselves.

The scammer then sends friend requests to their victim’s friends list, which can be publicly seen in their profile, to get more information about the person or send scam messages using the fake account.

So what will you do if you get this message? Absolutely nothing. You don’t have to do anything at all. Ignore it, delete it, and move on. The scammers will eventually stop when people would ignore their tactics.

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World’s First Flying Car Will Be Available In The US By October

The future is finally here.

Have you ever dreamt of driving a car that can take to the skies? This little dream could soon become a reality as the world's first flying car rolls out in October.

The Transition is truly an awesome invention. It is a two-seat hybrid-electric vehicle that can switch between driving and flying modes in less than a minute. It can reportedly fly up to 400 miles at an astonishing top speed of 100mph. The flying car is manufactured by Terrafugia, a company that belongs to Volvo.

Are you ready for the Transition?

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British Engineer Builds World’s Largest Rideable Hexapod Robot Inspired by Star Wars

A big Star Wars fan since childhood, Matt Denton is now a Guinness World Record holder!

Growing up as a kid, Matt Denton has always been a Star Wars fan – and he’s particularly fascinated with the AT-ATs. Since their introduction in The Empire Strikes Back, the massive walking machine has become one of the most iconic vehicles featured in the beloved sci-fi franchise.

Now an engineer by profession, Matt has managed to score a Guinness record after building the world’s largest rideable hexapod robot – a creation that’s been largely based on the Star Wars walkers.

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Feminists Are Upset That Apple’s New iPhones Are ‘Too Big’ For Women’s Hands

Apple has got some explaining to do.

Apple launches its three new iPhones but also revealed that they will no longer continue the iPhone SE, which is known for its smaller screen. This upgrade in size has seen Apple criticized by feminist activists who claim that the new model is too big for women.

They argue that women have smaller hands and the new phones would not be as comfortable for them compared to the iPhone SE, which is now being discontinued. Female rights and equality activist Caroline Criado Perez decided to share her concerns regarding the matter on Twitter.

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