I've received a few private Facebook messages from friends, who don't know each other, warning me not to accept a certain friend request.

Here's what the message says:

"Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept anything from Fabrizio Brambilla. He has a photo with a dog. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your messanger 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."

First, I appreciate any effort to warn me of something bad. Don't get me wrong.

But there's something about this message that feels a little "off" to me.

Since Facebook hackers--and hackers, in general, really--are very clever people and have discovered some unique ways to "get into our lives," I always have a difficult time trusting messages like this.

I can't help but wonder if THESE Facebook friends' pages have been hijacked somehow.

I mean, I get "repeat" friend requests all the time. You know, requests from folks ALREADY in my friend list?

So, it wouldn't surprise if this, too, were a type of hack.

Also...I'm a little suspicious of the name "Fabrizio Brambilla."

It strikes me as a little hinky that this name has the same initials as FaceBook.

I don't accept friend requests from people I've never even heard of, and I don't think you should either, so that's my own personal "firewall," right there.

But, by the same token, I'm crossing my fingers that I'm doing the right thing by not acting on this.