Yep, you’re that person. You’re never sure if the latest scam is real so you share it just in case, because you’d hate for your friends to be sucked in by some hacker. You see that Mr Bean just died (again) so you share out the news because you loved watching that show as a kid. Except he’s not dead. It’s another hoax.
You’re the classic Facebook user, who wants to help share the latest news with your friends and colleagues, but you’re prone to accidentally sharing spam along the way. And your Facebook friends either spread your spam even further (arghhhhhhhh) or secretly hate you for it. I’ve often seen a spate of unfriending happen after the latest scam spam hits the news feed as frustrated Facebook users block and delete those who mindlessly share out whatever pops up.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!
There’s a STACK of websites that are dedicated to unearthing hoaxes, spam and hackers – and they’re free to access.
Wondering if Jayden K. Smith is really a hacker? Chances are that if you see a status update about a hacker or a virus, it’s fake. But here’s the super easy way to tell and you can stop being part of the problem, and start being part of the solution.
[toggle title=”Were you suckered by Jayden K. Smith?” load=”show”]This message recently made the rounds on Facebook: 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[/toggle]
Google. Ever heard of it? It’s a brilliant search tool that can generally tell you whatever you need to know. I popped the name of the most recent “hacker” I was warned about into Google and this popped up:
You too can do this and it will stop you sharing out the latest scam spam. And we will love you for it.
There’s another even more specific way to find out if something is true or not.
Generally if there’s cyber chain mail doing the rounds, the message says to copy and paste the exact wording into a message or on to your news feed. This makes it super easy to track.
Copy the message and the head over to www.snopes.com and use it to do a search.
Snopes is brilliant. Not only will it tell you if it’s a hoax, but it will explain if it’s even possible. Here’s what comes up when you search for Jayden K. Smith:
Once you know the truth – tell your friends who are spreading the hoax. We can all work together to stop the spam. We know you can do it – we have faith in you! And if you get on board, we’ll love you forever. The spam needs to stop!!!