If you haven’t already heard of the name “Jayden K Smith” and the threat he poses to your Facebook account, it’s probably only a matter of time.
Friends are frantically messaging their entire contact lists warning each other of the “hacker” and providing clear instructions to avoid any friend requests from him.
“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.”
Fear not though – the only real hoax is the message itself.
While those forwarding the message have good intentions, experts say the main gist is to spread fake news and to dupe gullible people for cheap laughs.
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"Users have nothing to fear - the message is a hoax and as far as we can tell Jayden K Smith does not exist,” Newshub reported.
"Accepting a request from a stranger on Facebook cannot lead to hackers gaining access to your computer or online accounts.
"Users would need to hand over personal information such as passwords and usernames, or download a file containing a virus, for a security breach to occur on their computer."
The news will be a welcome relief for some social media users who continue to receive the message in droves.