Posted by on March 21, 2022

FREE TIPS AND TRICKS: Facebook Account “Hacks”

“You’ve been hacked!!”

How many times have you gotten that message from your Facebook friends, or possibly sent it to a friend after getting a new “Friend Request” or a weird message from them?

There are usually three different situations in which a person might think that they, or their friend was “hacked” on facebook. 

  1. You got a duplicate friend request from someone who is already on your friend’s list… sometimes even from a person who is no longer living.
  2. You got a weird message from a person on your friend’s list, usually with some sort of cryptic link you’re supposed to click. Usually says something like “Wow! Is this really YOU in this video?”
  3. You go to use your Facebook account and you can’t log in. Your password no longer works.
Of these three things only the LAST one is a reason to think that your Facebook account was truly “hacked”. While rare, it CAN happen and with any luck, your account can be recovered. Let’s take a look at the other two first.

Account Cloning / Spoofing

You’ve gotten a friend request from someone who is already on your friend’s list. You have no reason to expect them to send you a new friend request. Sometimes, this even happens with a person’s account who has died. 
What is it?
This is a well known scam called “Account Cloning”. It is NOT a hack. Changing your password is useless to fix, or prevent this from happening.
Why do they do it? 
Usually people do this to harvest data from your friends, or to send unsolicited advertising or malicious links to the people who accept their friend requests. Also, every person who accepts the new friend request gives the person access to THEIR friend’s information, as well as opening new opportunities for “Cloning”
How to fix it?
If you see a friend invitation from a suspected Clone Account, or if you have found an account Cloned from your account, REPORT the account to Facebook. There is an option to select whether the fake account is a friend of yours, or whether it’s a copy of your own account. If you report a copy of your friend’s account, Facebook will usually reach out to your friend first, to make sure the new account wasn’t something they did on purpose because they lost access to their previous account. If you report it as a copy of your own account, Facebook usually shuts the new account down pretty quickly.
How to prevent it?
The best way to prevent account cloning is to set all of your personal information, such as your friend’s list, your location and work details, etc to either “Friends Only”, or better yet, “Private”. If scammers can’t see your information, they can’t copy it. Also, be very careful about the friend requests you accept, knowing that you’re potentially giving them access to view your protected information.

Malicious Bots / Apps

Your friends are telling you that they are getting weird messages from you in messenger that you definitely didn’t send. You might see posts on your timeline that you did not post.
What is it?
This is usually caused by accidentally giving a malicious app, or bot, access to your Facebook account. This might happen if you click a link from a malicious app or bot that was sent to you in Facebook messenger. Sometimes you will not even get a “permission request” when this happens. It may look like you clicked the link and nothing happened, or you may be taken to a strange page that asks you for information. As with Cloning or Spoofing, changing your Facebook account password won’t help with this situation.
Why do they do it?
As with most types of scams, this is usually an attempt to “phish” or trick people into giving out private information, which will be used to harm them. Sometimes it’s more annoying that harmful and will just send out unsolicited advertising. It’s never a good thing though.

How to fix it?
The best steps to take in this situation are to go to your Apps section in your Facebook account and REMOVE access to anything you do not absolutely trust. You can also go to the Security section of your account and choose to LOG OUT any devices you do not recognize. If you DO see devices logged in that you do not recognize, usually with strange locations, you can choose to log them all out of your account. In that situation, it’s a good idea to go ahead and change your password too.

How to prevent it?
Do not click on suspicious links, or open unexpected email links. Also, make sure you have good protection on your computer and your internet browsers. The protection may not help in some cases, because users are normally able to bypass the protection, but it’s another layer of protection and a good step to take in general. If there are other people in your household who use your device, be sure that you actually log out of Facebook when you are not actively using it.

Real Hacking

 You try to use your facebook account and you realize that you’re locked out of it.

What is it?
Although relatively rare, this can be caused by clicking on a malicious link. It can be caused by a successful phishing attempt – where you’ve been tricked into giving a hacker your facebook login information. It can be caused by “keyloggers” or other malicious threats that have invaded your device and stolen your information. It can be caused by someone using your device and changing your information if you forgot to log out of your Facebook account.
Why do they do it?
Many reasons. If it’s someone you know who gained access to your account and changed your information without your permission, it’s usually done for spite. When actual hackers take over a Facebook account, they often do it to try and blackmail the owner into paying them to regain access. In the case of a celebrity or business, it could be blackmail, or it could be trying to ruin the celebrity or business, or just embarrass them.
How to fix it?
You can usually get help from Facebook Support to regain access to your hacked account. Usually. It can be difficult to reach Facebook Support, it can take a long time for them to respond if you DO manage to reach them and they can ask you to jump through hoops which you’re unable to jump through – such as access to a security phone number you no longer have. There are also more basic account recovery steps which can get your account back more quickly, if you’re proactive in protecting your account.
How to prevent it?
Again, it’s always important to have GOOD protection on your devices. We sell a comprehensive protection and monitoring package that includes real-time, personal assistance if you see things that are concerning. This will prevent most malicious software from stealing your information. Be very careful about what you click on. If you’re not sure whether a link, or attachment is legit or not, reach out to the person who sent it to you. Ask them questions that only they would know the answer to, such as where you met them. Set up 2FA (Two-Factor Security) on your social media and email accounts. You can also set up a special code generator for an extra layer of protection. Additionally, once again, make sure you log out of your accounts when you’re not using them, if there are other people who use your devices.


Computer Chick offers remote assistance to help you do all of the things mentioned in this article. If you need help, schedule an appointment and we will happily assist you!

Stay safe out there!

– Computer Chick

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