Facebook friend request warning message is fake

If you’re a frequent Facebook user, chances are at least one of your friends has sent you a message warning you not to accept a friend request from Jayden K. Smith.

There’s no need to forward the message or be concerned about a friend request from Mr. Smith because the message is a hoax.

If you haven’t received the fake warning yet, consider yourself lucky. But, here’s what to look for:

“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 message isn’t entirely new. In fact, several versions of it have circulated on social media for years.
People may think they’re helping their friends by forwarding the message, but in reality, they are only perpetuating the hoax (and probably annoying their more savvy friends in the process).

The fact-checking website Snopes says “Accepting a Facebook friend request from a stranger will not provide hackers with access to your computer and online accounts.’’

While “friending” someone won’t give them the ability to hack into your account, it is still recommended that you not accept friend requests from people you don’t know because you are giving them access to whatever personal pictures and information you may post.

While the hoax message isn’t exactly helping any of your friends, the fake message has provided fodder for snarky Twitter users which could at least give them a laugh:

BREAKING: #Trump angrily tweets #JaydenKSmith is a terrible loser and needs to get off the Internet.

— Jamie S. (@Twinmom0) July 10, 2017

People PLEASE STOP IT WITH THE MESSAGES ABOUT Jayden K Smith. You look like IDIOTS! #jaydenksmith #FFS pic.twitter.com/RWEABT0set

— Kelly Collier (@KellyColli) July 10, 2017

Today I learned I have a lot of dumb, gullible Facebook friends…. #JaydenKSmith

— Alexandra Markus (@AM_Markus) July 10, 2017

Jayden K Smith is not accepting my friend request 😭 #jaydenksmith pic.twitter.com/6eMkEAFRjf

— Kelly Collier (@KellyColli) July 10, 2017

Poor #jaydenksmith pic.twitter.com/DXzjkXahza

— Che (@mountainembrace) July 10, 2017

Because we all received like 20 messages… #Facebook #friends #friendrequest #JaydenKSmith #omg #lol pic.twitter.com/X0DEhU9jlj

— Misty Misteria (@MysteriaMI) July 10, 2017

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Iran signs $2 billion gas deal with energy giant Total

Iran just made a historic breakthrough.

It signed a multi-billion dollar deal Monday with French oil giant Total and Chinese state oil company CNPC. Working with Iran’s Petropars, the companies will further develop the country’s giant South Pars gas field.

This marks Iran’s first major Western investment since sanctions were eased on the country in early 2016.

The U.S. and other world powers lifted many sanctions after the country promised to roll back its nuclear program.

With the 20-year deal, Total is now returning to Iran, where it first began operating in the 1990s. Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné said in a statement on Monday that the investment would be “in strict compliance with applicable national and international laws.”

The U.S. still has restrictions in place that block most American companies from investing in Iran. And some Western companies have been reluctant to jump in since Iran still faces sanctions that prevent firms from transacting with Iran in U.S. dollars.

Total estimates the first phase of the project will cost around $2 billion. It is taking a 50.1 percent stake in the South Pars project. CNPC will own 30 percent and Iran’s Petropars 19.9 percent.

The project will have a production capacity of two billion cubic feet per day, or 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day including condensate, according to Total.

Iran’s energy ministry predicts the project will eventually produce $54 billion worth of gas products, based on current prices. The gas will start flowing into the Iranian market in 2021.

Iran has significantly ramped up its energy production since the sanctions were relaxed.

Figures from oil cartel OPEC show Iran has boosted its daily crude oil production by more than 33 percent since 2015.

The country sits on 9 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves and 18 percent of the planet’s natural gas, according to data from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy.

Iran and Qatar share the South Pars field.

— Chris Liakos and John Defterios contributed to this article.

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