A Facebook clone, which is also known as cloning scam is an act whereby a person’s Facebook profile and other social details of that person is stolen by someone else and used to set up a new facebook profile. In most solutions, the cloned(stolen) account will use the same of the person and send friend requests to the person’s friends. But bear in mind that “Cloning is not hacking”.
Other facebook friends may accept the friend request with no idea that the account is clone. Once the request has been accepted, it can be used to also steal the personal details of other users or send scam messages to them.
Cloning is not hacking in the sense that the fraudster did not gain access to the person’s facebook account, he only copied and stole the available details and images of the person and used them to create a new facebook account and profile. This cloning of profiles has become a very popular topic and it has made a lot of news all over the world.
In order to prevent this cloning from taking place in your facebook account, you need to understand how this cloning is done and after much investigation, you will find that is very easy and does not take much time at all.
How Facebook Clone Is Carried Out
There is actually no special and technical skill involved and anyone with an internet access is able to do it.
Firstly, they get access to your facebook profile by sending you a friend request. Once you have accepted, they start to copy all your profile details, they save your profile picture and cover photo and copy and paste all of your details to their system. They could even save all of your photos you have uploaded.
Using a fake email account, they can register for a new facebook account, using your name, your details such as your pictures they have saved and
Now the crafty thing they do is, the block you on facebook so that you do not get to see this account. You would not even know that this account exists!
Note: cloning is not hacking as they do not have access to your real facebook account; you still have your account. They only stole and copied your details on your profile and used them for a new account, but it is still risky as they could send harmful messages to people who know you and those users could think you are the one.H
How to Prevent Facebook Clone
The more your facebook stuff becomes public, the more effective a Facebook Clone attempt could also be. However, so many Facebook users still keep their Facebook information “public”. These kinds of accounts are so easy for cloning scammers. So if you would not want to be a victim of cloning scammers, follow
- Hide your facebook friends list
- Run a privacy checkup to make sure your details are not open to the public
- Check out who can see your photos. Make sure it is just you or you and your friends only.
- Check out who can see your other details. Make sure it is not public.
- Check your privacy settings and you are done!