The latest Facebook hoax warns of accepting friend request sent by “Jayden K. Smith”
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. Hold your finger down on the message. At the bottom in the middle it will say forward. Hit that then click on the names of those in your list and it will send to them.
Look familiar? It should, because everyone and their mother has received this chain message in the last few days. If you haven’t — congratulations! You don’t have a bunch of gullible friends.
The Facebook chain letter hoax is not a new concept — there have been tons in the last few years. Remember the viral post about needing to declare that Facebook doesn’t have the right to steal your images? What about the one that said you would start being charged monthly if you didn’t opt-in to getting it for free? It’s baffling how these things go viral, but once they do they take off like wildfire, throwing everyone who believes them into a panic.
If one more person sends me something via Messenger about Jayden K Smith… pic.twitter.com/C3V5WO6Xfn
— Amy (@Amy_Odland) July 9, 2017
“There is no evidence of any account with the name Jayden K Smith going on sprees of adding users, and even if there were, they would not be able to hack into an account just by becoming a friend,” reports The Telegraph. Facebook guidelines also prohibit adding mass unknown friends, so someone there would probably get wise to a “mass friending” like this. Also, Facebook accounts cap out at 5,000 friends and connections — so the hoax doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But, these things rarely do.
Really excited to get 200 FB messages from my elderly relatives about Jayden K. Smith today
— Jordan (@jordartsy) July 10, 2017
OMG if I get one more warning about Jayden K Smith….
— Jeremy Fernandez (@JezNews) July 10, 2017
Here’s how to tell if something is a hoax on Facebook: is it a chain letter? Does it ask you to perform a task? Does it use information meant to “startle” to get your attention?
It’s a hoax. Don’t annoy all your friends with a mass message.