Do Not Add “Kelly Hargrove” as Your Facebook Friend – Facebook Virus Hoax
By on March 4th, 2012

A new hoax message has emerged out on the social networking site Facebook, with users creating awareness of the message asking their friends not to accept friend requests sent by “Kelly Hargrove”, “Jason Lee”, or “Linda Smith”, since it is a virus. The message that users are sharing on the network is false and is completely not in accordance with fact or reality.

There is no such virus on Facebook, which will harm your computer by accepting a friend request from the mentioned names. The message has also been spreading on Twitter and indicates that the name itself is a virus and adding the person to your friend list will harm your computer by downloading the virus. It also states that the information “has been confirmed” and asks users to “share” the message on their Facebook Timeline and warn their friends about it.

… CRITELLI*, KELLY HARGROVE, ALSO IF SOMEBODY CALLED *KELLY HARGROVE* ADDS YOU, DON’T ACCEPT… IT IS A VIRUS. TELL EVERYBODY, BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM, YOU GET THE VIRUS TOO. **COPY AND PASTE AND PLEASE RE POST* THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY FACEBOOK AND SNOPES Raquel Critelli is in fact Kelly Hargrove’s account .. it was just confirmed …it is a hacker account.!!! Pass this on people, spread the warnings please !!!!!!!! repost to your family and friends

Do Not Add as Friend - Facebook Virus Hoax

There are several version of the message with different names. These messages are completely false and there are no such viruses named after these users. Your computer will not be infected by any virus by accepting a friend request or adding a user to your friends list. Messages like these have been spreading from the last three years and in order to make difference in the appearances of the message, spammers make subtle changes like the name and alter a few other details.

Although the message states that the information has been “confirmed”, it however does not reveal who confirmed it or on what basis the information was confirmed. This clearly shows that the message is a fake. There is no point in creating any awareness and users should avoid spreading messages like this.

Some versions of the message state that the information has been confirmed by Facebook and other organizations like, Symantec, McAfee or Snopes. However, there is no such confirmation available by these companies. Not even Facebook!

Before you “share” a message like this, make sure you do a quick search on Google to check whether the information is true or not. Reputed blogs will make a note about it whether the information is correct or simply a fake.

Now that you’ve known that the message is a fake, make a good deed by letting your friends know about it by sharing this post with them. Also, make sure that you inform the original poster of the message that the message is simply a hoax.

We always keep our readers updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. So, make sure you’ve bookmarked our Techie Buzz Facebook Scams page. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

Joel Fernandes has written and can be contacted at joel@techie-buzz.com.

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