A forged Facebook message is urging users to not approve a friend request submitted by grind who goes by the name Jayden K Smith.This hoax has many deviants. All versions say the same thing: don’t approve Jayden K Smith as friend or they’ll fag a user’s account, target their Facebook friends, and thereby spread their sway. Craig Charles of ThatsNonsense.com shares one variety of this con:“Please rake all the contacts in your Messenger list, not to accept Jayden K. Smith conviviality request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your get in touch withs accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your cronies know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received.”
Additional warnings of Jayden K. Smith. (Provenience: Spilled News)There’s nothing new about these warnings. Cheat hacker alerts have been circulating on social media for months, if not greater. They all assert that approving a particular friend request transfer surrender account access to a bad actor.But that’s not how hacking works. To capture access to a user’s Facebook account, nefarious individuals need to sneak their username and password for the social media site. Unless those login credentials are (unadvisedly) veiled somewhere on a private Facebook profile that only approved co-workers can view, there’s no risk that a new contact could seamlessly chop a user’s account.This hoax isn’t altogether harmless, however. Charles elaborates on that underline:“… [A]dding strangers on Facebook isn’t a good idea, and can potentially lead to compromising your reclusion and your security, albeit not in the manner described in this warning. Experiencing strangers gives them access to more of your personal poop which can lead to issues such as identity theft.”Facebook purchasers should therefore be careful about who they approve as friends. For combined protection, they should familiarize themselves with common scams that spread the social networking site. They should also learn how to manoeuvre social media platforms like Facebook safely.