The best article that I have seen that explains the issue of someone requesting to be your friend on Facebook, when you are already friends, is from Cyndi Ingle, “You Weren’t Hacked, You Were Spoofed on Facebook.” The article is well written with screen shots to help report the spoofer whether you are the recipient of the request or the legitimate person. It also includes instructions on how to protect yourself on Facebook. Cyndi has granted me permission to post the article, as her only link is to her Dropbox and may be difficult for many to get to.
The article is located at http://hewie.net/spoofed-not-hacked/ . I originally commented about the problem last April to help http://hewie.net/facebook-cloning-real-problem/ , but it did not contain a reference to this article.
Cyndi Ingle is the owner and webmaster of Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com , a categorized index to over 335,000 online resources. In its 20 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It is an award-winning site which helps millions of visitors worldwide. It has been featured by the History Channel web site and in the media and several publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is the recipient of the 2016 National Genealogical Society President’s Citation. She is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is a nationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). Cyndi is the author of a best-selling book for genealogical research on the Internet titled, Netting Your Ancestors. She is also author of another book, a printed version of her web site, Cyndi’s List. Her latest book is Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site. Cyndi and her son, Evan, live in Edgewood, Washington.