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Title: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: Peter on 03 July, 2021, 12:59:28 pm
I've just received a "friend" request from someone I know to be dead at the moment.  I'm not really au fait with facebook, having joined it mainly for a specific site.  Can anyone tell me what has happened (some kind of hack?)?  I declined the request although a direct contact in the afterlife would be really handy at the moment.
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: SteveC on 03 July, 2021, 01:00:43 pm
Probably a cloned account. That happens all the time.
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: Peter on 03 July, 2021, 01:18:01 pm
Steve, what does that mean?  Is it a way for people to gain information about you?  I'll check on the net, too.
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: SteveC on 03 July, 2021, 01:31:01 pm
Someone has set up an account with the same name and nicked a picture for the profile.
If the original account has its friends list set to public, which is the default, the new account can then send friend requests to everyone on that list.
I probably get one of these every other week. And I have been cloned as well.
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: Peter on 03 July, 2021, 01:40:56 pm
Thanks, Steve.  Might that explain a message (in messenger) that I have just received, apparently in response to a message I had sent to someone I am actually a friend with, in which the response contains the known friend's profile picture (which is the one I expect) though the message doesn't seem to be quite the right tone, somehow?  Of course, it may be genuine, just unexpected, I suppose.
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: tonycollinet on 04 July, 2021, 10:33:58 pm
Is it possible a family member of the deceased is operating the account to try and make contact with deceased's friends.
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: Peter on 05 July, 2021, 12:31:54 am
I suppose that might be possible, Tony, but I met the deceased's wife in the village today and she knows nothing about it - and isn't on the site herself.  I'm not going to worry about it - just waiting for the message about the legacy that's waiting for me if only I would send my bank details!
Title: Re: facebook beyond the grave?
Post by: hellymedic on 05 July, 2021, 01:51:10 am
Some friends have also had friend request from someone we know to be dead.
These requests come mostly from hackers & spammers.