Friend Request Hacker Warning - Internet/Facebook Rumour

4 Jan 2012 - Article No: 1466. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: ALEJANDO SPILJNER, STEFANIA COLAC, Maggie from Sweden, Christopher Butterfield, Jessica Davies





DO NOT ACCEPT A FRIEND REQUEST FROM TANNER DWYER, CHRISTOPHER BUTTERFIELD, STEFANIA COLAC AND ALEJANDO SPILJNER. THESE ARE HACKERS SO PUT IT ON YOUR WALL. IF SOMEONE ADDS THEM THEY TAKE YOUR CONTACTS, EMPTY YOUR COMPUTER AND ADDRESSES, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS
collected January 2012.


DO NOT ACCEPT a friend request from a CHRISTOPHER BUTTERFIELD he is a hacker. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds him u get him on your list too and hell figure out ur computers ID and address, so copy and paste this message to everyone even if u dont care for them cause if he hacks their email he hacks your mail too! SEND TO ALL FRIENDS. Copy and paste to ur page...
Christopher Butterfield again, collected December 2009 - see here.

These classic "beware of the Hacker friend request" warnings (more variants below) are amongst the most prolific type of alarmist nonsense to circulate through Facebook, with the sole aim of causing undue alarm through the spread of misinformation.

Despite its popularity, the warning is as technically flawed as it is total nonsense.

Firstly, it is not feasible to put your computer at risk simply by accepting Facebook friend requests. Of course Facebook users are strongly advised to only accept people they personally know outside of Facebook, but there is little danger in merely accepting a friend request. So the assertion made in the message above that accepting such users will "TAKE YOUR CONTACTS, EMPTY YOUR COMPUTER AND ADDRESSES" is completely absurd - just illogical, pointless nonsense designed to panic Facebook users despite actually making no sense at all.

You can read more about the dangers of accepting strangers on Facebook by reading our blog post here.

Secondly, if these names were somehow known "hackers" on Facebook, it would seem a reasonable assumption that they would be already deleted by Facebook by the time this warning manages to go viral, rendering the warning pointless.

These hoaxes have been circulating Facebook for many years now, and before that they also plagued services like MSN Hotmail and Yahoo. Take for example this warning...


IF THIS PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (SIMON_25_@HOTMAIL.CO.UK) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DONT ACCEPT HIM. DELETE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!

TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!..


...which was popular amongst users of now defunct MSN Messenger from 2006/7 onwards. The wording is nearly identical to these later Facebook versions, and of course it was total nonsense, even back then.


Other variants..


ATTENTION ALL FACEBOOK USERS;IF SOMEONE WITH THE NAME JASON ALLEN OR AMY ALLEN TRIES TO ADD YOU..DO NOT ACCEPT.IT IS A VIRUS.TELL EVEYBODY BECAUSE IF SOMEONE ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM YOU WILL GET THE VIRUS TOO.COPY PASTE AND RE-POST THIS.THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY FACEBOOK SNOPES..
collected May 2011 - see here.


Do not accept these two as friends,CLAUDIA RIVALTA DANIELA MAINARDI , they are hackers. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody adds them , your account will be hacked too . Copy this text into your profile.. do not be lazy, please spread the message ...
Collected January 2010 - see here.


ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!! Dont accept a friend request from Maggie from Sweden, she is a HACKER.Tell everyone on your list cause if someone on your list adds her then she will be on yours too. She will figure out your computer ID and address, so send this to everyone on your list even if you dont care for them cause if she hacks them, she hacks YOU too. She is also noted for repeated sexual harassment and indecent private chatting.
collected May 2014.

None of these hoaxes from the last few years, amongst countless other similar variants have ever proved genuine, which is not surprising given their flawed nature. Once again, Facebook users are strongly advised not to spread silly, illogical rumours of "Facebook hackers".

For our full article on Facebook friend requests, click here.

Find this article helpful? Then please help us and your friends by clicking the share button below! Also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Make a comment; Click here.

comments powered by Disqus