Fooled on facebook, what to do?

Okay, today I got a friend request from someone i know...who i forgot was already a friend.  Exchanged a couple of no-real-info messages (just my state of residence + some weather info) with this entity before i realized i was not dealing with my actual acquaintance and remembered he was already a friend anyhow.

What's the safety and etiquette here?  Should I try to notify the actual person (problematic since i now have 2 "friends" with the same name and picture)?  Is there anything protective i should do for my own fb account, or other computer stuff??

Thanks for any info.  Feeling sort of dumb here and hoping this doesn't just blow up my life.


(really it wasn't Facebook that fooled me, but i also can't remember how to edit thread title)


Delete and block the second request you accepted. Then send your friend a message saying his profile has been hacked.


get back to the fake and start feeding them fake info.....if the communication was through PM, you should be able to tell which was the fake account as the messages will be there


mjc said:

(really it wasn't Facebook that fooled me, but i also can't remember how to edit thread title)

there’s an edit button by the discussion title on the discussions list 

https://maplewood.worldwebs.com/forums


Thanks, all.  "He" seems to have disappeared from friends, so maybe fb did some housekeeping?  The message thread is still there, would love to delete it - ?

mjc said:

Thanks, all.  "He" seems to have disappeared from friends, so maybe fb did some housekeeping?  The message thread is still there, would love to delete it - ?

Perhaps another recipient realized the problem and reported it to FB.  In my experience FB usually responds quickly to reports of account cloners/spammers like that.


Note that when this happens, it doesn't usually mean that the person's FB account was "hacked" in the sense that someone got their password and/or somehow broke into the account.  Usually they just access publicly available info and photos and create a copy of the account and then start sending friend requests to the person's friends.  This article discusses this issue in more detail - https://www.webopedia.com/definitions/facebook-clone-scam/amp/?fbclid=IwAR3ouacZ__GkcO8yw75EK8q3IrSkMw5Zdlrfe3Mx766SOVoicqDrup3FBu4


Thanks for info, sac.  I'm glad to hear the other guy probably wasn't actually hacked.  Anyhow, he's pretty tech-savvy, unlike some of us.


You should change your password as a precaution.


good point, thanks (***** passwords)



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