Christopher and Jessica Davies Facebook Hackers - Facebook Fake Hacker Alert
collected November 2009
collected July 2013
Warning messages are circulating Facebook that assert adding someone called Christopher Davies or Jennifer Davies will put your computer at risk because they are hackers. The messages also assert that if your friends add them then they become added to your friends list as well.
The messages are entirely false and based on no reality whatsoever. What is more these ridiculous false warnings have circulated for years. Most online services including Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo, WhatsApp and many others have had their own equally fake warnings of phantom hackers circulate throughout their own services.
Firstly the assertion that merely adding someone to your contact list will put your computer at risk is false. Simply being someone’s Facebook friend is not adequate enough to allow someone to hack your computer or access the data on your computer. Secondly the assertion that if a friend adds a hacker to their friends list then the hacker will also automatically appear on your friends list is equally as false.
This is not to say there are no dangers in adding unknown people on Facebook. All kinds of criminals use social media to try and scam people and adding strangers is certainly an unwise move. For example criminals can use the information you share on Facebook against you. They can post malicious links to you to try and bait you to click them or they can try to use a variety of social engineering tricks to put you into danger.
However warnings like the one above are plain false. This specific message that warns of Christopher and Jessica Davies has been circulating since at least 2008 and is no truer now than it was back then. If such accounts could manage to hack peoples computers then they would of course be deleted by Facebook and it would be counter-productive for criminals to create new accounts under the same names.
The warning is completely false and should not be circulated. You can read more about Facebook phantom hacker requests here.