A message is spreading across social media that warns users not to accept a Facebook user called Andrea Wilson because she is a hacker. The warning claims that if one of your friends accepts her, you will be hacked.
If the warning rings a bell, it should. That’s because it’s identical to an array of other hoaxes with the only difference being the name of the alleged hacker.
“Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept friendship request from Andrea Wilson . She 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 Is REAL”
The message is garbled nonsense from start to finish, and makes no sense whatsoever. Just like previous incarnations of the same hoax, the warning contains sentences like “and has the system connected to your Facebook account” that simply just don’t make any sense.
The warning also claims that if one of your friends accepts her as a friend you’ll be hacked, which is just nonsense. You cannot get automatically “hacked” for accepting a friend request on Facebook, or when one of your friends accepts a friend request. (Though we don’t recommend accepting strangers, as this may subsequently lead to privacy concerns.)
In 2017 a number of viral rumours that were almost identical to this managed to spread across Facebook, one quoting Jayden K Smith and another quoting Fabrizio Branbilla. However both of these were based on even earlier permutations that have been spreading for many years now.
And this latest version quoting Andrea Wilson offers nothing new to this niche of Internet hoax. It is merely the same hoax with yet another name attached. We recommend not sharing it.