Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Red SMS Messages Are Deadly

Haveeru Daily [Maldives]
5 May 2010

Behind the ‘Red Number Hoax’

By Ali Naafiz

[...] The rumours swept like wildfire among Maldivians on Tuesday, with chain messages warning the receiver not to answer calls from 7888308001, 9316048121, 9876266211, 9888854137 and 9876715587, “which would be in red colour.” Or else “you may get brain haemorrhage due to high frequency,” the texts read. They also claimed “27 people died just receiving the call,” urging the receiver to “watch DD News [an Indian public broadcaster] to confirm” the reports. [...]

The Nation [Sri Lanka]
9 May 2010

SMS hoax causes panic
Physicist says phones emitting high frequency is an impossibility

By Ishtartha Wellaboda

[...] A hoax text message which circulated through mobile service networks on Friday and Saturday created panic among many mobile users. The message cited a series of numbers saying that if anyone were to answer calls from those numbers a high frequency would emit causing sudden death. [...]

[For earlier reports, see Deadly Phone Virus.]