A 2007 Pakistani death call hoax has appeared in Kenya, causing panic among mobile phone users and radio callers.
(Caption: The images that accompanied the death calls)
Forwarded mobile phone messaged are warning people not to accept calls from some (Pakistani) numbers which allegedly transmit high-frequency signals, causing brain hemorrhage and death.
The wave caught the Kenyan capital late on 30 August and peaked on the evening of 31st, even as the east Afican nation concluded a mandatory process of registering details of mobile phone users.
Apparently, the message that was being circulated among mobile phone users and in social media in Kenya was the same one that sparked some panic in Pakistan.
Kenyan radio stations were discussion the issue on 31 AUgust and today morning!
This is how the message goes:
Its very important news for all of you. Do not pick up calls Under given numbers.
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
Of course this is a hoax. (the listed numbers are Pakistani as well as the TVs)
This blogs submits that cell phones are incapable of emitting sound frequencies that can cause immediate physical injury.
In Pakistani when the issue came about, mobile phone providers issued statements challenging the truth of the rumors but still, the rumous spread to India, the Middle East, and Africa.
Such hoaxes have been reported in Ghana and Nigeria.