Watch out for Facebook hoaxes

Hey all you Facebookers out there, did you recently get a message about Jayden K. Smith in your in-box message advising you not to accept his invitation, and copy and paste to tell all your friends?

You may all ask who is Jayden K. Smith, and why does he want to hack my account. I know I did.

So I did a check, and found this tidbit in The Telegraph: “Well-meaning users are sharing the message widely, but as with most viral Facebook posts, the message is a hoax.”

I find it amazing that in 2017 with all this technology, super internet highways and byways, people are still out there playing a game of Telephone.

Yup, Telephone, the game that kept me and my friends busy for hours, especially on a rainy summer night when you couldn’t go out and play in the streets. We’d sit for hours around the big table under the umbrella and play Telephone.

In case anyone out there never played it, it goes like this: You say something in your neighbor’s ear. They hear it then repeat what they heard to the person next to them, and so on, and so on, and by the time the message gets back to you it is entirely different than what you started. You might say it was viral.

It created loads and loads of giggles in those simple, halcyon days of my youth.

We didn’t have video games, iPhones, iPads, Twitter, or SnapChat, but we did have fun.

The link for The Telegraph was mentioned on SILive.com and the reporter gave a few warning signs that you are being scammed so I’m passing them on to you:

• People asking you for money who you don’t know offline.

• People asking you for advance fees to receive a loan, prize or other winnings.

• People asking you to move your conversation off Facebook.

•People claiming to be a friend or relative in an emergency.

• Messages or posts with poor spelling and grammatical mistakes.

• Pages claiming to represent large companies, organizations or public figures that are not verified.

• People or accounts directing you to a n outside website to claim a prize.

Not for Nuthin™, but I hope that if there is a real Jayden K. Smith out there, Facebook didn’t pull his account.

P.S. Here’s a nepotistic shout out to my very talented, sensational niece Emily DelBuono. Her first single, “Addicted to You,” was released on July 11. You can download on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Google Play.

Listen up — you’ll be glad you did!

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com. E-mail her at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com.