(define)hoax n. - An act intended to deceive or trick. Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
Threats are spreading like wildfire all over Kenya, and not light threats either. That a mobile phone, man's new best friend, could be a murder weapon in disguise.
|The claimed "Red phone Numbers of death"
Beware! You'll die if you take a call from any of these phone numbers: 0802 311 1999 or 0802 222 5999.
CAN A MOBILE KILL YOU?
In July 2004, The above warning was printed on South Africa's Independent Online, you can read it here. It was a message that stirred fear throughout Nigeria, even causing people to switch off their phones.
the red number hoax
Let me get started by getting this through: Do Not Panic, it is an hoax. Red (phone) numbers do not kill.Cell phones are incapable of emitting sound frequencies that can cause immediate physically injury and/ or death. More on this urban legend
On the above warning that occurred in Nigeria, VMobile (a Telecom Firm in the region) responded: "This is an absolute hoax and should be treated as such.A full scale national and international priority investigation has been conducted in the last 48 hours," a spokesperson said. "The investigation has confirmed that these rumours are completely unsubstantiated and have no technological evidence to support them."
While this was a long time ago, there have been other more recent scares all over the world, just as it as hit Kenya.
2007 - Pakistan
Its very important news for all of you. Do not pick up calls Under given numbers.
9888308001,9316048121 91+, 9876266211, 9888854137 9876715587
These numbers will come in red color, if the calls comes up from these numbers. Its with very high wave length, and frequency. If a call is received on mobile from these numbers, it creates a very high frequency and it causes brain ham range.
It's not a joke rather, its TRUE. 27 persons died just on receiving calls from these numbers. Watch Aaj Tak (NEWS), DD News and IBN 7.
Forward this message to all u'r friends and colleagues, and relatives
These alerts appeared in Pakistan April 2007, where widespread panic evolved and evolved more. You see, just as it has happened here in Kenya, the rumours grew exponentially, with aspects changing after each telling. That if listened to it would cause impotence in men and pregnancy in women. Pakistanis were heard trading secondhand stories of actual deaths that had occurred, some claiming they were the handiwork of ancestral spirits enraged by the construction of a cell phone tower over a graveyard.
Authorities both government and mobile phone providers issued statements and reports to dispel the rumours
2010 - Maldives
The same message Pakistan message cropped up in Maldives just this May. The message spread panic and confusion as many shared it with family and friends. Read More
. Just as they quelled the panic in Pakistan, they ignited in India, Middle East and Africa. Ghana's MN Areeba issued this statement: "A full scale national and international priority investigation has been conducted in the last 48 hours," a spokesperson said. "The investigation has confirmed that these rumours are completely unsubstantiated and have no technological evidence to support them."
Mohamed Mirshan Hassan, Manager Marketing Communications and Public Relations of Dhiraagu, the leading telecommunications provider in the Maldives, however, confirmed that the message was a hoax.
“We often get spam emails from people who claim to be African kings or princes. Such hoax emails and messages are intended to create fear among the public. People should not be panicked by such messages. There is nothing to worry about,” he said.
Kenya's Police Commissioner assures Kenyans that these stories are just "cheap rumours."
the Nokia hoax
A "confidential letter" was circulating
with a signature from Nokia's CEO, to his employers, that alleged :
Nokia phones can release a burst of electromagnetic energy, causing heart failure, brain hemorrhaging, and in some cases Instant Death Syndrome. In the letter, CEO Jorma Ollila makes it clear that the problem is well know, and the "loss of life is an acceptable risk we must face in order to sell our products."
Furious Nokia bosses blasted this hoax assuring customers it was malicious and FAKE.
the Malawi saga- text messages can kill
In March 2009, the Egytian Gazette
claimed that a Malawi man died vomiting blood
after receiving a mysterious text message from an unknown number. The report appeared to confirm rumors claiming that other victims had similarly experienced "splitting headaches followed by brain hemorrhage that leads to death" after receiving messages prefixed "+" and ending with the numerals "111." Read More on This
Egypt's Ministry of Health dismissed the rumors, stating that they "contradict all scientific facts." Three oil workers were detained for allegedly starting them.
CCK (Communications Commission of Kenya
) issues statement
on alarming SMS Message:
The attention of the Commission has been drawn to SMS and email messages that are doing the rounds in the country...Upon analysis of the messages, the Commission has established the warnings are a hoax generated by unscrupulous people bent on causing fear and despondency among members of the public...the alleged haemorrhage due to high frequency has no technical basis whatsoever. The Commission, therefore, wishes to urge the public to ignore these messages and go about their business without any fear. The public is also advised to avoid fuelling the fear by transmitting the said messages to friends and family members.
The Commission is already in contact with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book... Read Full Statement