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Facebook warning about hacker confirmed fake

Facebook warning about hacker confirmed fake (Photo: MGN)
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(KUTV) If you've spent any time on Facebook this weekend, you likely saw or received a message warning you not to accept a friend request from a certain individual.

That person, Jayden K. Smith, is referred to in the post as a "hacker" who "has the system connected to your Facebook account," according to many of the posts.

The message is phrased something like this:

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

If you saw or shared the post, no need to worry about anyone having control of your account. Snopes, Hoax-Slayer and ThatsNonsense all confirmed the warning appeared to be fake and is the latest in a string of hacker warnings circulating on social media.

The message is not the first of its kind, according to Hoax-Slayer. The site warns the names in the post may be switched, or longer versions of the hoax may include multiple names.

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As ThatsNonsense points out, "These types of warnings have been around long before Facebook, affecting users of now defunct services such as MSN Messenger, where users would pass on warnings of phantom Messenger hackers trying to add themselves into your contact list."

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