Sure, instant messaging and social networking platforms are great mediums of communication. While they let you instantly connect with your family and friends across the globe, there is one disadvantage of these mediums too. They are one of the quickest mediums of spreading fake news. The latest hoax doing the rounds on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social mediums is the death call from number 777888999. Also Read - WhatsApp COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can get resources during the pandemicAlso Read - Good news! Jio users can now check COVID-19 vaccine slots on WhatsApp - here's how
Chain messages are not a new thing, and a lot of people often start believing in what they read. If you recently received a forwarded message that reads “URGENT? pl don’t attend any Call of mob no …777888999….if u attend. Call your mobile will blast …..pl share to your friends …,” just ignore it right away. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
Well, opening a suspicious e-mail attachment from unknown sender can cause your laptop or desktop PC to crash, or get infected by malware. However, receiving a phone call from a certain number will surely not be a death call. According to media reports, there are other messages doing the rounds too. One of which reads, “A lady will speak to the call receiver and tell that it’s the last call for him. Please pass this message to others and don’t neglect. Pass it to your friends and family.” ALSO READ: Beware! Message claiming WhatsApp, Facebook to start billing for usage is a hoax
Why is this message a hoax?
Let s think of it logically. How can a phone call from the number 777888999 lead your phone to explode, and in turn kill you? Secondly, if you noticed, the number is a nine-digit one, whereas in India, mobile numbers are 10-digits and landline numbers are eight-digits. Even if we assume that it is an international call, it needs to have the country code as prefix, something that is not a case here. And finally, there is no evidence or documented case of such an incident taking place. ALSO READ: Beware! WhatsApp message of PM Narendra Modi offering free Rs 500 recharge is a hoax
In short, these are all the hoax messages spread by people to create panic. If you ve got any such message, we strongly recommend ignore it. We would also urge our readers to not forward itacross multiple groups as it will only create panic, then helping people know the reality. ALSO READ: Hoax alert: Zuckerberg is not giving away 10 percent of his Facebook shares to users