Most of us got this message on FaceBook by now, if not you’re lucky!
“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.”
Scam messages easily take hold on facebook. Two common other versions warn that all your photos will be made public unless you share a message opting out of the feature and another saying that Facebook will start charging for the service unless you confirm you want it for free.
To protect yourself from scams, watch out for the following:
- People asking you for money who you don’t know in person
- People asking you for advance fees to receive a loan, prize or other winnings
- People asking you to move your conversation off Facebook (such as a separate email address)
- People claiming to be a friend or relative in an emergency
- Messages or posts with poor spelling and grammatical mistakes
- Pages representing large companies, organizations or public figures that are not verified verified
- People or accounts directing you to a Page to claim a prize