Jayden K Smith Facebook Hoax
Accepting a Facebook friend request from a stranger will not provide hackers with access to your account!
Jayden K Smith Facebook Hoax: Facebook users are being tricked into a sharing a hoax message, warning them not to accept friendship requests from "Jayden K Smith".
It is always important to practice safe social media habits; be mindful before accepting a friend request from a user you do not know or opening a message that appears suspicious. And, beware of requests to download malware or other applications, as well as requests to pass along your personal information.
The message claims the account belongs to a hacker, and that if they accept the friendship request their own Facebook account will be hacked.
The 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. 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.
Well-meaning Facebook users from all over the world have been forwarding the message on to their friends, but as with most viral Facebook posts, the message is a hoax.
There is no evidence of a user with the name Jayden K Smith adding lots of users, and even if there were, it is unlikely that user would be able to hack into an account by simply becoming a friend.
For a hacker to take control of your account, they would normally need to obtain your password, or persuade you to download an infected file onto your PC or mobile device.
Any Facebook account sending large numbers of friendship requests to unknown accounts would raise a red flag with the moderators, as this kind of behaviour is against the social network's terms and conditions regarding spam.
The Facebook hoax has reportedly been circulating for years, with different names swapped in and out including: Anwar Jitou; Tanner Dwyer and Bobby Roberts, according to Snopes.
It is not clear what the purpose of the hoax is, other than to make people who fall for it look silly.
If you receive the message, the best thing to do is inform whoever sent it to you that it is nothing more than a silly scam.