Issue 68 August 2017 Share on Facebook Tweet this article! Send link in an email.

Stay Alert – Ignore Facebook Hacker Warnings

If you're like many Facebook users, you've recently received a warning from at least one friend against accepting a friend request from Jayden K. Smith. You were told this person is a hacker and could compromise not only your account, but all your Facebook friends' accounts as well. The message is usually similar to the following:

Please tell all the contacts in your Messenger list not to accept a 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 your friends who forwarded this message probably meant well, the warning isn't entirely accurate and is, in fact, considered by experts to be a hoax. According to Facebook, scammers that become friends can spam your Timeline, tag you in posts, and send you malicious messages. They could also use your personal information to steal your identity. For all these reasons, you shouldn't accept friend requests from people you don't know.

However, a scammer that becomes your Facebook friend cannot hack your account or your computer, control them in any way, or hack your friends' accounts. So, you can spend your time on Facebook connecting with your real friends, and stop worrying about Jayden K. Smith.