I know the title sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but its just an alert about the return of the scam artists that clone your Facebook account. Its rather akin to mosquito season.
The first thing to know is that your account has not been hacked. The cloners have simply grabbed anything on your profile page that is public. This includes having your friends' list. The scammers are counting on a portion of those individuals to automatically accept any friend's request that comes through, or to be too distracted to note that you are already their friend.
What is achieved by all of this? This allows the scammers to message their newfound "friends," and do what scammers do best - ask for money. They are counting on at least one or two people to be very openhearted and naive.
What you can do:
1. Never automatically accept a friend request until you have checked to see if you are already friends.
2. If it is a duplicate request then report it as a clone.
3. If your account has been cloned post the fact on your Facebook page periodically over the next couple of weeks.
4. In order to prevent being cloned go in and lock down your friends' list. This is done from your profile page.
5. Then go into Settings, and check your "Security and Login" and "Privacy" to see what is available to the public.
6. And it never hurts to occasionally run a security check.
Please pass this information along. The more people who lock down their Facebook page the less opportunity the scammers have of creating clones.
Cathy Mosley brings her 26 years of storytelling and writing experience to the realm of Social Media. To help small businesses.