A hoax message warning Facebook users not to accept friend requests from an account called Jayden K Smith has gone viral on Facebook Messsenger.
The hoax message warns that Jayden K Smith is a hacker and will hack into anyone’s account who accepts his friend request.
The said message advises users not to accept friendship request from Jayden K Smith and that he has the system connected to users’ Facebook accounts. However, while it is not possible for anyone to hack into someone’s Facebook account by just being friends on the platform, people have not been able to find any particular ‘Jayden K Smith’ sending random friend requests to thousands of Facebook users.
“Please tell all the contacts in your Messenger list, not to accept Jayden K Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received,” reads the message being circulated on Facebook Messenger, mostly by well-meaning users.
According to The Telegraph, the message is a ‘common hacker warning’ and has been forwarded in the past using other fictitious names like Anwar Jitou, Tanner Dwyer and Bobby Roberts.
Aside from hacker warnings, common hoax messages on Facebook Messenger (and also on WhatsApp) include warnings on Facebook turning into a paid service, and free tickets to hell if users do not forward instructions and messages from God.
In the present case, it will be advisable to circulate messages confirming that warnings on Jayden K Smith are fake and should be ignored.