According to a supposed warning message that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, you should not accept a friendship request from one “Jayden K. Smith”.
The message claims that the hacker “has the system connected to your Facebook account”. It requests that you alert your friends to the danger. Supposedly, if one of your contacts accepts a friend request from Jayden K. Smith, you will also be hacked.
An example of the hoax message:
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
Just another silly ‘friend request’ hacker hoax
However, the would-be warning is without substance and sharing it will help nobody. There is no hacker threat like the one described.
In fact, the message is just one more in a long line of similar friend request hacker hoaxes that have been circulating for many years.
From time to time, a new version will emerge featuring a new name for the alleged hacker along with some minor changes in wording. For example, the following message, which is also currently circulating, identifies the “hacker” as “Anwar Jitou” rather than “Jaden K. Smith”:
Please tell all the contacts in your list Messenger, not to accept Anwar Jitou contact, a hacker who has a computer connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contact accepts, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know that. Thanks good evening!!!
Clearly, both versions are cut from the same cloth. And, neither version is a valid security warning
“Hacker” scenario described is technically impossible
Criminals use a variety of methods to trick people into handing over access to their accounts. They may trick you into installing malware that allows them to take control of your computer.
Or they may use phishing scam messages to trick you into sending them your account login credentials and other personal information. Armed with these stolen details, the criminals could then hijack your account and use it for their own purposes.
However, even the most clever hacker will not be able to take control of your computer just by being added to your Facebook friends list. For a hacking attempt to work, some sort of file transfer or exchange of information must take place or the victim must take some sort of action such as installing malware.
Sharing these silly ‘hacker’ warnings helps nobody
As noted, versions of these hacker hoax warnings have been circulating via email and social media for years on end. But sharing these false warnings does nothing whatsoever to help people stay safe online or protect their accounts. All they do is spread confusion.
Moreover, because the hoaxes often use names shared by a many people around the world, they can unfairly damage the reputations of people who have done nothing wrong.
If one of these hoaxes comes your way, do not share it with others. And, let the person who posted it know that the message is a hoax.
But, DO Use Caution With Friend Requests
While these warnings are just silly hoaxes, it IS a good idea to use caution and common sense when accepting friend requests. It is certainly not wise to blindly accept friend requests from strangers. Some may be scammers who will subsequently try to trick you into sending them money or personal information or installing malware.
Others may be stalkers or undesirables with an axe to grind.
It is also wise to keep in mind that Facebook cloning scammers may send you fake friend requests that appear to come from people that you are already friends with.
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!