Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Killer Phone Numbers (Africa)

http://www.cck.go.ke/news/2010/news_01sep2010.html

Communications Commission of Kenya
1 September 2010

CCK 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 warning mobile users against receiving calls from unknown or certain listed numbers. The messages further allege that receipt of calls from either the unknown or listed numbers would cause brain haemorrhage due to high frequency. [...]

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/CCK%20assures%20public%20over%20mobile%20phone%20hoax/-/1056/1001042/-/wtg5pi/-/
Daily Nation [Kenya]
1 September 2010
CCK assures public over mobile phone hoax
By JACOB NG'ETICH

http://www.kbc.co.ke/story.asp?ID=66156
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
1 September 2010
Kenyan government dismisses "killer phone number" hoax

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000017383&cid=4&ttl=State%20dismisses%20'death%20call'%20SMS%20alerts%20as%20hoax
The Standard [Kenya]
1 September 2010
State dismisses 'death call' SMS alerts as hoax
By Mutinda Mwanzia and Daniel Nzia

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Company%20Industry/Phone%20hoax%20shifts%20focus%20to%20regulators%20ability%20to%20curb%20crime/-/539550/1001488/-/ael2an/-/
Business Daily [Nairobi, Kenya]
1 September 2010
Phone hoax shifts focus to regulator’s ability to curb crime
By Okuttah Mark

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/news/4-national-news/3978-fears-allayed-over-scaring-text-messages.html

The Citizen [Tanzania]
4 September 2010

Fears allayed over scaring text messages

By Al-amani Mutarubukwa

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has urged Tanzanians to ignore messages warning them against receiving calls from unknown or certain listed numbers. [...]

http://www.tcra.go.tz/headlines/RadiationPressEn.pdf

THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
TANZANIA COMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY
PUBLIC NOTICE
MESSAGES WITH RESPECT TO HEALTH EFFECTS OF MOBILE PHONES


The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has received complaints from the public that there are messages circulating around that mobile phones have hazardous effects. [...]

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article36215

Sudan Tribune
8 September 2010

Allegations of deaths resulting from mobile phone calls are not true – Minister

By James Gatdet Dak

September 7, 2010 (JUBA) – The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service in the Government of Southern Sudan, Madut Biar Yel, has dismissed as “mere rumors” the alleged death of people resulting from some mobile phone calls in Southern Sudan.

For the last five days, rumors spread among the population that there were certain strange phone numbers, when calls were being received from, immediately exploded on the receivers’ phones and caused injuries or deaths. A number of people across the region were alleged to have already died because of the phone explosions. [...]