So I woke up this morning to find three private messages about some Jayden K Smith character hacking into Facebook accounts because people are friends with him, and that I should forward the message to all my Facebook contacts as a warning.
My immediate reaction was LOL, however, I did put the name in a Facebook search and found all I needed to know.
Being the kind individual that I am, I messaged each one back thanking them for their concern and alerting me.
This is what Metro had to say about it:
If you’ve seen people sending warnings not to accept friendship requests from ‘Jayden K. Smith’, they’ve been had.
It’s a hoax – a variant on a long-running one which has circulated for decades online.
The message says, ‘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.’
Homeland Security reports they have identified hacker Jayden K Smith pic.twitter.com/XyqNBtVi4b
— Neil Carter (@godlessindixie) July 10, 2017
There is no Jayden K Smith, and forwarding the message will help no one, Hoax Slayer says.
The message has circulated for years under different names – you might have previously seen the hacker identified as ‘Anwar Fitou’ for instance.
I’m so unpopular Jayden K Smith won’t even friend me. #spam
— TheGreat28 (@HankSPa) July 10, 2017
If one more person sends me something via Messenger about Jayden K Smith… pic.twitter.com/C3V5WO6Xfn
— Amy (@Amy_Odland) July 9, 2017
So many people sending me Jayden K Smith messages. pic.twitter.com/EIV2o0LtNO
— Richard Hills (@richardhills777) July 10, 2017
Reports of the ‘Jayden K Smith’ message are popping up all round the world – as far afield as America and New Zealand.
Users also don’t need to worry about someone being able to ‘take over their computer’ via becoming friends on Facebook – you can’t.
In order for someone to do so, you’d need to give them your passwords, or download an infected file onto your PC.