According to a message that is currently circulating via Facebook, you should not accept a friendship request from Prince Obinna Solomon because he is a hacker.
Supposedly, Prince Obinna has “the system connected to your Facebook account”. It warns that if one of your contacts accepts his friend request, you will also be hacked.
However, the supposed warning is just a hoax and should not be taken seriously. There has been an ongoing series of these silly Facebook hacker hoaxes going back several years. Except for the names of the supposed hackers, the message is almost identical to other variants of the hoax.
Here’s an example of the hoax message:
Be careful: I got a message from you or it shown on your wall here.. Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept friendship request from Prince Obinna Solomon. 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. 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 THIS Is REAL
The hacker method outlined in these messages is not feasible. Cybercrooks use a variety of nasty tactics to fool people into handing over access to their accounts. They could trick you into installing malware that allows them to take control of your computer. Or they could use a phishing attack to trick you into sending them personal information such as your account username and password.
But, even the most skilled hacker cannot take control of your computer or social media accounts just because you accept his or her friend request. For a hacking attempt to be successful, some sort of file transfer or exchange of information must take place.
Keep in mind that, regardless of the name used, any message that claims that just accepting a friend request will instantly give a hacker access to your computer should be considered a hoax
If one of these hoaxes comes your way, do not share it. And help stop the spread of the hoax by informing the person who posted it that the warning is nonsense.