Can someone become my friend without me accepting their friend request?

Dennis Perez February 20, 2012

I have friends on my Facebook friend list that I did not accept.

  1. doug clever
    July 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Can someone hack into your fb account make you thier friend then hide themslves from you so you cant see there profile or name at all. I have 845 friends and when I go thru all of those friends I see a space missing where thier should be a friend in that spot. It adds up also when i count them including that missed spot to 845 friends. why cant i see that missing spot which add up to the 845. I know it is not a deactivization becausr those accounts will tell you that they are deactified and they also are added into the 845 friends.

  2. gman
    July 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    it appears to be very possible what ever anybody says

    I had somebody supposedly accept my friend request and I hadn't heard of them and the 4 mutual friends are all musicians of whom I have no interaction with other than to keep updated with upcoming stuff so there is no way I would of just added this random...

    Also, I have noticed that the friend count has gone up and now includes people that have either left facebook or are no longer friends of mine

  3. amanda gage
    June 30, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I was sitting at my computer when on my news feed I see I had accepted a friend request from someone I did not know nor did I receive a friend request from or sent a friend request too...a few mins later my boyfriend had the same thing happen with the same person...I went to her page and it said we had 53 friends in common including some of my family members from another state. I unfriended her and went back and looked all the people that were supposedly both of our friends were not on her friends list anymore ..I changed my password but this is very bizzare...

  4. Maxine
    June 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    This happened to me today too! Someone who showed up on my page as mutual friend but not someone I want to befriend has just accepted my friend request and I know for certain I didn't request them. It's embarrassing!! WTF is going on FB??

  5. Linda.M
    June 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    This has happened to me 2 days ago when I logged in on facebook it said 2 people had accepted my friends requests..... Firstly I don't no these people and secondly I did not send any requests..... While online a 3rd person showed up as accepting my friends request and this time I sent a message to that person asking them if I had sent them a friends request and if so when did I send it........... His reply was he didn't get a request from me it just showed up on his page when he logged in that him and I were now friends,.......Now I don't no this person either and would never and have never sent requests to random strangers....... My question is........
    How is this possible ??????

  6. dhilipan
    May 28, 2012 at 6:27 am

    yap that not possible, email facebook to check your account and if you suspect that is hacked by others.

  7. Douchebag Fighter
    April 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

    James is a douchebag because it does happen.  Lol.  He must work for FB.  One of those nerds that think they know everything.

    • James Bruce
      April 4, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Lord Douchebag reporting for duty. I programmed Facebook in my sleep. And to correct your grammar - "think they" should be "do". 

      • Kevin
        August 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        Dear Lord Douchebag,
        Since you programmed Facebook in your sleep, can you please tell me why in three days that I was not on the internet, I had 30 people accept my friend request, with in 3 hours time frame. Five of these people I knew from around the world, with no mutual friends, the other 25, no clue as to who they are... one of them asked me who I was, and after looking at my friends, saw and added my ex wife's sister who he dated 6 years prior. Before he added her, we had no mutual friends. Another, asked if i was the guy that lived down the street, which has yet to determine for sure. So 25 people, no idea how they were sent a request in the 3 days I was camping, (i had my computer in my car with me) since I never sent any friend requests to any of these people. 5 with no mutual friends from different states that I knew from over 5 years ago, when i met them in the Marine Corps. It just doesn't make any since unless somehow they are implementing something that tracks, "this person was here from this date to this date, so they could know each other" and sends possible friend matches to people. I dont get it. I would understand if, say i had there number or email, and an app on my phone sent them requests but that was not the situation this time. I know i didnt just forget i sent these requests because, the 5 that I know, i didn't know there first names because they were military.

  8. Yonathan
    March 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    A few months ago there was this link being shared through Facebook saying "OMG look at you in this video!" and variations of that line. When opened it would show a textbox with JavaScript code which it said should be run.

    This would do the following:
    - share the link with many of your friends
    -add two people (sharing the same last name) to your friends list
    -log out

    • illogical_slacker609
      March 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Hate to be nitpicky, but if this is what's happening then James is still right because this means your account was hacked. There's a high chance that everyone here who believes that Facebook is adding friends without permission clicked on spam like that video at some point and was hacked by a less obvious scam.

  9. Donnamartin1
    March 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Im not sure what's going on with FB at the moment but over the past week I have had 2 people accept my friends request and I know for a fact I didn't send a request as I never send requests to anyone, 1 person is an old school friend and the other an old work colleague. My account has not been hacked and no one else has access to my account. How can this happen?

    • iDontAddRandoms!!
      March 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      a few wks ago a person with 2 mutuals accepted my request - i do NOT know him. today, it happened again, no mutuals, and i do NOT know this person either. 

      noone has access to my computer, and noone has hacked my account. 

  10. JOY
    March 17, 2012 at 5:18 am

    It happened to me...I sign in to fb and find that new friend which I never requested or accepted...and I dnt know her whatsoever...and didn't even get email notification about that!!! So yes it happens.what I did is that I blocked that person and changed my password.

    • James Bruce
      March 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      No, it didn't. We've already explained the reasons why you might believe it did this multiple times in the other comments. 

      • hannah
        August 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        it definitely happens, I've had it happen to me 3 times with people I don't know but have mutual friends with. They are names I have never seen before. Stop telling everyone they are wrong.

  11. Usman Mubashir
    March 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    In my case, I discovered that a person made a fake account, then changed his profile name onceI added him.

  12. Blaidd
    March 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This happened to me, too. I wrote to FB about it and never heard anything back. I do not accept friend requests from people I don't know, yet somehow this one shows up in my news feed. When I click on their link, it takes me to a page outside of FB.  I sure wish FB would do something about it.

  13. Myown_bestfriend
    February 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Yes...I just experienced the same thing. This person is new to Facebook and I never sent or received a friend request but now we're friends :/ so yes it's possible and I don't appreciate it at all

    • Jay.0
      February 27, 2012 at 5:03 am

      Do you know the person or have you visited their profile while you were not logged in ?
      Have you ever seen a screen like this (attached image) ?

      This may also happen because of the email invites, I guess.

    • James Bruce
      February 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

      No, its not possible. Human error, I guarantee you. Closing this thread. 

    • sal khan
      May 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      my sister and i experienced this on the same day from the same guy and we have no idea who this guy this... we both changed our passwords!

  14. Arun Singh
    February 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    one word answer NO

  15. popitto
    February 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    just to add one more thing! anyone can subscribe to your updates so he/she can see your publications without being in your friends list! :)

    • Lis Elisabete
      March 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Only public updates!

    • Karyn
      July 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      How can you prevent this?

  16. Anonymous
    February 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    yap that not possible, email facebook to check your account and if you suspect that is hacked by others.

  17. Jay.0
    February 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    As James said...This can happen if you  (or someone else using your account) sent a request by mistake , or accept their request by mistake.
    Or a changed name, can also confuse.

    To clear this, you should check the person's profile and email notifications.
    Once you figure out the correct name by seeing mutual friends and other info.

    Go to the person's profile and "see friendship" by clicking on from the gear icon(top right)..this will show the exact time of beginning and overview of your friendship.

    Also check your email notifications:
    Search the name of the person in your mail box to see when did they send or accepted you a request.

  18. James Bruce
    February 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The obvious answer to this is - no, you are mistaken. Either your account was accessed by someone else; one of your existing friends changed their name; or you did in fact accept their request and simply forgot. 

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