A message spreading like wildfire on Facebook is warning users to avoid accepting a friend request from Jayden K. Smith — but the message is just the latest social media hoax.
The message reads:
“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.”
While it’s never a good idea to accept a friend request from someone you don’t know, accepting a request from a stranger will not provide a hacker access to your online accounts or Facebook profile.
Making the ominous hoax “warning” even more viral, the message includes a directive to inform your friends about the hacker because you will be hacked if your friend accepts the nefarious request.
Mass friend requests to users are against Facebook’s terms of conditions and would be quickly flagged by the social media company.
Similar warnings have circulated on Facebook for years with different names swapped out in each hoax message, according to Snopes.