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Tanner Dwyer Friend Request Hacker Hoax

Outline
Circulating social media message warns users that accepting friend requests from Tanner Dwyer, Christopher Butterfield, Stefania Colac or Alejando Spiljner can allow hackers to access your computer and steal personal information.

Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are nonsense. Even the cleverest “hacker” cannot access your computer just because you accepted a friend request. A name cannot hack your computer. This is just the latest incarnation in a long running series of hoaxes that falsely claim that your computer can be hacked just by accepting a friend request or adding someone to your contact list.

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Last updated: February 4, 2013
First published: 5th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Example

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 ADD’S THEM THEY TAKE YOUR CONTACTS, EMPTY YOUR COMPUTER AND ADDRESSES, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS ON YOUR WALL.

Tanner Dwyer, Christopher Butterfield, Stefania Colac, Alejando Spiljner Hoax

Detailed Analysis

According to this urgent sounding, ALL CAPS, warning, social media users should not accept friend requests from people named Tanner Dwyer, Chris
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