According to a message that is currently circulating via Facebook, you should not accept anything from a person called Fabrizio Brambilla because he is a hacker.
Supposedly, Fabrizio Brambilla already has his system connected to your account. And, warns the message, if one of your friends accepts him, you will be hacked as well.
Versions of the message are circulating in Italian and English.
An example of the hoax:
Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept anything from Fabrizio Brambilla. He has a foto with a dog. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your messanger 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.
Yet Another Silly Hacker Hoax
However, the supposed warning is yet another hacker hoax and it should not be taken seriously. The wording of the message is very similar to a long series of earlier and equally spurious warnings that have inundated Facebook in recent months.
From time to time, a prankster will simply change the name of the supposed hacker, alter a few details, and launch a new version of the hoax. And, alas, Facebook users continue to fall for the false hacker claims and the hoaxes tend to spread very rapidly across the network.
Don’t Help these Hoaxes Spread By Sharing
Any warning message that claims that simply accepting a friend request will, by itself, give a hacker access to your computer should be regarded as a hoax and should not be shared. Sharing such nonsense helps nobody.
Moreover, these false hacker warnings can unfairly damage the reputations of innocent people who just happen to share the name used in the hoaxes.
More Information — Other Common Versions
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!