Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp
Advertisement

You are not going to get hacked by someone called Jayden K. Smith. That is an absolute fact. Unfortunately, people will believe anything they read on social media these days. And so the legend of Jayden K. Smith, hacker extraordinaire, has taken hold. And it’s your duty to stop it.

While there are undoubtedly people called Jayden K. Smith on Facebook, none of them are extraordinary hackers 10 of the World’s Most Famous Hackers & What Happened to Them 10 of the World’s Most Famous Hackers & What Happened to Them Not all hackers are bad. The good guys -- "white-hat hackers" -- use hacking to improve computer security. Meanwhile "black-hat hackers" are the ones who cause all the trouble, just like these guys. Read More with the power to hack you if you befriend them. And yet a message warning people not to accept a friend request from Jayden K. Smith has somehow gone viral.

Jayden K. Smith Goes Viral

The message being sent is extremely simple in nature, being just a few lines warning against responding to Jayden K. Smith’s friend request. And this simplicity has helped the message spread across various social networking sites for the past week. For the uninitiated, 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.”

The message then details how to pass this warning onto as many people as possible. Because that’s the only way to stop this Jayden K. Smith fella from wreaking havoc across the internets. However, just like those chain letters sent through the actual mail years ago, it’s all BS.

The whole Jayden K. Smith thing is completely made-up. And it turns out that this is just the latest iteration of a long-running hoax that can be traced back to at least the year 2000. Back before Facebook existed Social Media: Did It Really Start With Facebook? [Geek History Lesson] Social Media: Did It Really Start With Facebook? [Geek History Lesson] Today, Facebook dominates social media. It's easy to forget that social media was once considered an open field, ready for any to stake their claim. What were those early social networks? What killed them? Read More , but when emails would warn you not to add someone on a message board.

Snopes, which specializes in checking the veracity of news stories and social media posts, has traced the Jayden K. Smith hoax back to its roots. And it turns out that Jayden K. Smith is the latest boogeyman in a long line of boogeymen and women such as Anwar Jitou, Maggie from Sweden, Tanner Dwyer, Bobby Roberts, and Jason Allen. All of which are innocent bystanders.

This Actually Is Fake News

It is your duty to do everything you can to stop this misinformation from spreading. So if you receive the Jayden K. Smith message please reply to the sender telling them it’s fake news What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? Fake news is plaguing the internet and the worst part is that most people can't recognize it when they see it. Read More and that they’re gullible for believing it. Yes, even if it’s your dear old gran who has fallen for the hoax. Alternatively you can send them a link to this article and let us do the admonishing.

Have you received this message about Jayden K. Smith? If so, did you pass it onto other people? Or did you see through it as a hoax? Do you ever use Snopes or one of the other sites dedicated to calling out this BS? Please let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: Sean MacEntee via Flickr

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Shauna Johnstone
    July 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Snopes is a form of a hoax. It is really an older couple working out of their apartment in New York. They have no staff or special abilities. They search things on Google, Wikipedia and other resources that anyone can use, and are many times wrong. Please don't quote Snopes as some kind of cutting edge authority. They are not.

    • Doc
      July 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Funny, Wikipedia says they're based in California, and the Mikkelsons are now divorced. Perhaps you're not a reliable source of information, either? :) I've had no problem verifying their claims, since Snopes tries to provide evidence that will back up anything they publish.

      "Snopes.com was created by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a California couple who met in the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup.[7] The site is organized by topic and includes a message board where stories and pictures of questionable veracity may be posted."

  2. Charles Kinney
    July 14, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I received the message from two different friends who do not know each other. I found an article before this I believe at the BBC and sent it as a post to public. I do not understand why some people on Facebook believe it is their duty to send fake things. I mean there is Google and many other search engines that if they would only take their time to research a couple of minutes. It's actually annoying. Simply friending a person on Facebook ain't gonna do anything unless they send a nefarious link or something. Not knowing someone isn't cool either but people love friends EXCEPT in real life. lol

  3. Tony C
    July 14, 2017 at 12:52 am

    To whom it may concern (and it ain't Mr. Lincoln),

    Those people you can fool all the time are on social media.