Yet another Facebook hoax and yet again the panic spreads – thanks to this message:
“Please tell all the contacts in your Messenger list, not to accept Jayden K Smith friendship request,” says one form of the hoax, often passed on via Facebook Messenger. “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.”
Even I received this message – and not once. It’s been like since yesterday I have received this message around 7-8 times. Seems like my well-wishers are all concerned all of a sudden! They all want me to watch out for this “poor guy” Jayden K Smith who is apparently a hacker who would send me a friend request and once I add him, he would gain access to my Facebook account. Wow, what a nuisance!
Okay, let’s have it again – you are advised not to accept friend requests from people you don’t know directly or via friends, but then there is no way someone can access control of your social media account by just being a ‘friend’. Additionally, there’s no sign of any account under that name going on a friend-adding spree, and mass friend requests to unknown users violate Facebook’s rules against spam.
Just think about all those poor souls named Jayden K Smith – even their friends and relatives are probably skeptical about him being in their friend list! And Mr Smith isn’t the first one in such hoax list. We had Anwar Jitou, Linda Smith, Jason Allen, and Christopher Butterfield previously. This is a cheap way to have fun on the internet with the latest craze by the netizens who even connected the hoax to Will Smith’s son, Jaden!!
As a matter of fact, it’s high time I would like to receive a friend request from Jayden K Smith or alikes than to see my inbox spamming with warning messages not to add them!