According to a message that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, you should not accept anything from a person called Lucia Hernandez (Luciana) because she is a hacker.
The message claims that the hacker has her system connected to your Facebook messenger account. It warns that, if one of your friends accepts her, you will also be hacked.
However, the claims in the message are untrue. In fact, the post is just one more in a long-running series of almost identical Facebook hacker hoaxes.
From time to time, somebody adds a new name to an older version of the hoax and reposts it on Facebook. Often, the new version will quickly go viral on the network.
All of these friend request hacker warnings are hoaxes. As I discuss in more detail in a related article, the hacker scenario described in these hoax warnings is not valid. Even the most clever hacker cannot take control of your Facebook account 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.
And, such hoaxes are far from harmless. They spread misinformation. And more importantly, they can unfairly damage the reputations of ordinary Facebook users who have done nothing wrong. The hoaxes often use names shared by many people around the world.
If you receive one of these fake hacker warnings, do not help spread it by sharing or liking. And, let the person who posted it know that the claims in the message are untrue.
An example of the hoax message:
Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept anything from Lucia Hernandez (Luciana). She has a picture of her sitting by the water) She 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. 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
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!