Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called “Jason Lee”, “Linda Smith”, “Jason Allen” or “Amy Allen” to their friend list because it is a virus. Other versions warns users not to add Raquel Critelli or Kelly Hargrove.
The claims in the message are untrue. The warning is a hoax and should not be reposted. It is just one more in a series of very similar hoaxes that falsely claim that users can get a computer virus just by adding someone to their contact list. It is not possible for a user’s computer to become infected with a virus in the way described in this hoax message.
ATTENTION **** ALL FACEBOOK USERS **** .. DO NOT ADD HER!!! IF SOMEBODY CALLED ” JASON LEE ” , ADDS YOU , DON’T ACCEPT IT.. IT IS A VIRUS. TELL EVERYBODY, BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM , YOU GET THE VIRUS TOO . COPY AND PASTE AND PLEASE RE POST THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This message, which is circulating swiftly around Facebook, Twitter and other social networks claims that adding a user called Jason Lee to your friend list can infect your computer with a virus. The message warns that the name “Jason Lee” is itself a virus and that even if another person on your friend list adds the name, you will get the virus as well. The warning claims that information “has been confirmed” and asks that recipients repost to make others aware of the supposed threat. Another version adds a second name, Linda Smith, to the warning. Yet another version tacks on the names “Jason Allen” and “Amy Allen”. And in early 2012, a new variant began circulating that added the names Raquel Critelli and Kelly Hargrove.
However, there is not even a shred of truth to this nonsensical warning, whatever names it features. Your computer cannot get a virus just because you add a name to your contact list. Any “warning” that makes such a claim is certain to be a hoax. In fact, this supposed virus alert is just one more in a seemingly endless series of absurd hoax messages that claim that adding someone to your friend list can give your computer a virus.
Another, virtually identical version of the hoax that is also currently circulating claims that “Smartgrrl15” is the name that will give you the virus:
ATTENTION*****: ALL FACEBOOK USERS**********…DO NOT ADD HER!!! IF SOMEBODY CALLED ” SMARTGRRL15″, ADDS YOU, DON’T ACCEPT IT…IT IS A VIRUS. TELL EVERYBODY, BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM, YOU GET THE VIRUS TOO. COPY AND PASTE AND PLEASE REPOST THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THRU FB…
Versions of these silly virus hoaxes have been passed around since at least 2004. The hoaxes keep spawning new variants as they travel, presumably because pranksters substitute a new name for the supposed “virus” and alter a few other details before reposting on their networks. Earlier versions circulated primarily via messaging services and email and some continue to do so. But the popularity and ease of use of vast social networks like Facebook and Twitter ensure that modern incarnations of the hoaxes spread further, and much more rapidly, than ever before.
Some versions of the Jason Lee variant state that the virus has been “confirmed”, but do not say who or what did the confirming, thereby making the statement utterly pointless. Other versions of these hoaxes have claimed that the information has been confirmed by Facebook or various other organizations such as Symantec , McAfee or Snopes. None of these so called confirmations have any validity whatsoever and have simply been tacked on to the hoaxes in rather futile attempts to give them some desperately needed credibility.
It should also be noted that reposting versions that contain a person’s name could have a negative impact on innocent users. There are many people that share the names used in these hoax messages on Facebook alone. The names are not at all uncommon. Thus, ridiculous hoaxes like this could unfairly damage the reputation of people who just happen to share the name of the “virus” mentioned in the hoax messages.
If you receive one of these virus hoaxes, please do not repost it. And please let the original poster know that the warning is a hoax.
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!