(WRN) -- You should ignore the Jayden K Smith Facebook hoax. Well-meaning users have warning their friends not to accept a request from Jayden K Smith, but the message itself is the hoax. If you received it, “you’re not on a list of potential, gullible people, because your friend was gullible enough to share this,” said Madison College Marketing Professor Steve Noll.
Noll says you might want to check your Facebook password and security settings. And if that name sounds familiar, “this is a known scam, and it’s been around for years,” he said. “Even using the name ‘Jayden K. Smith’ is not a new name. This name pops up periodically.”
Noll says Facebook posts asking you to copy and paste to your status in supporting a cause, like cancer or suicide prevention, are also scams fishing for gullible users.
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It's just a hoax. Messages being sent via Facebook Messenger that are coming from other 'friends' you that you have, will look something like this:
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. 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.
The DailyMail says this about the latest hoax, called the Jayden K Smith Hoax:
"A long-running hoax has resurfaced amongst Facebook users, urging them not to accept friend requests from strangers. The well-meaning message warns friends and family that Jayden K Smith is a hacker who will gain access to your account if you accept their invitation.
According to fact-checking website Snopes.com, the scam has been circulating for years in various formats.
Different names, including Jayden K Smith, Anwar Jitou and Roland Dreyer, are used, but the basic message remains the same.
In a written statement on the site, a spokesman said these examples are 'variants of a long-running hoax, one which warns readers not to allow contact from a particular person or group because dire consequences will result.'
But it's just a hoax.