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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.

Facebook users are being tricked into thinking their accounts are being cloned by hackers, thanks to a viral message that spread across inboxes over the weekend. The message claims the sender has received a “duplicate friend request” from the recipient. It also asks the recipient to forward the same message to their friends.

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.”

A cloning scam takes place when someone steals a Facebook user’s photo and other social information to create a second Facebook profile. They do not need the original person’s password and have not hacked or compromised their account.

The scammer then sends friend requests from the fake profile to the original person’s friends list in hopes of mining more personal data or sending scam messages.

If you get the message, just delete it or ignore it. It means nothing. And definitely, don’t forward it to your friends. They will likely be annoyed by this.


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.

At the launch of the three new iPhones, Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPhone SE, which has a 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 Apple has taken away the option for women to buy smaller devices that they need because as compared to the average male’s hand, the average female hand is an inch shorter in width. Caroline Criado Perez, a female rights and equality activist, took to Twitter to voice her frustration at the iPhone maker.


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