That Facebook 'friend request' message is a hoax

That private message that's circulating on Facebook asking users not to accept a friend request from Jayden K. Smith is a hoax.

The message says once a user accepts the friend request, Smith, who is a hacker, will be able to get into your Facebook account and hack you.

The message also urges the user to forward the message on to everyone in their contact list to make them aware of it. The message reads: 

"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."

This message is just one of many recent hoax messages telling users not to accept a friend request from a stranger because it will provide hackers with access to your information and online accounts, according to Snopes.

While it's still important that users be wary of accepting friend requests from anyone they don't know, this is just the same hoax using a different name, Snopes says.

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