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Author Topic: Nigerian Killer Phone  (Read 1004 times)

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Nigerian Killer Phone
« on: September 19, 2011, 05:48:19 AM »
Nigeria's authorities have been forced to reassure the public that a mobile phone number cannot kill, after rumours were spread by text messages.

Viral text messages had warned that several people had died when they answered calls with the ID 09141.

The regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission, said this was "unimaginable" and "unscrupulous persons" were spreading fear.

A BBC reporter was unable to get through to the number.

'Gullible people'
The text messages gave conflicting accounts of the number of people killed when they answered the call - some put the death toll at seven while others put it at 10.

"Technically, it is not possible for such a thing to happen. It is therefore unimaginable that somebody will die while receiving a call," commission spokesman Reuben Muoka said.

"It is only very gullible people that will believe such a rumour."

Other messages that have caused panic in the past include claims that acid rain from seasonal dust storms can burn people alive, the AP news agency reports.

Poor education and superstitious beliefs lead some Nigerians to take the messages seriously, correspondents say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14938984
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Re: Nigerian Killer Phone
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 11:24:25 AM »
I'd make fun of them for being so stupid, but then we're the one falling for their scams and sending billions to them.

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Re: Nigerian Killer Phone
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 02:50:14 PM »
I'm sure there are plenty of idiot Americans/Canadians/Europeans/etc that would also believe it

Maybe we should put it to the test?
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Re: Nigerian Killer Phone
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2011, 05:30:15 PM »
Mass Text Message It IS!
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