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Hoax – ‘Your Cell Phone Has a Name’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message circulating on Facebook claims that entering the last three digits of your cell phone number into a Facebook comment will reveal the “name” of your cell phone. 

Brief Analysis

Entering the last three digits of your phone number in the way described will indeed reveal a name. However, it is not the name of your phone. Every Facebook profile has a unique identification number. Entering the number and code in the way described in the message displays the name of the Facebook user with that identification number. Thus, the message is just a prank, albeit a rather interesting one.

Example

Cell Phone Has Name Prank 1

Your Cell Phone has a name!

Take the last tree digits of your number
(Example ***-***-*618)
Type it like this: @[618:0] |in the comments below and hit enter.
I’s name will appear!

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which has circulated via Facebook in various forms for more than a year, you can find out the “name” of your cell phone by entering the last three digits of its number – configured in a special way – into a Facebook comment box and hitting the “enter” button.

In fact, entering a three digit number formatted in the way described does indeed display a name. However, the name revealed is not the name of your cell phone as claimed in the message, but rather the name of a particular Facebook user. 
 Here are the facts:

  • Each and every Facebook Profile has a unique Identification Number associated with it.
  • @[string_of_digits:0] is a shortcode that, when entered into a Facebook comment box, displays the name of the user associated with that ID number.
  • The code has no connection whatsoever to your cell phone number.
  • The number entered does not have to be only three digits, and in fact, most Facebook ID’s will be considerably longer.
  • These short (three digits) profile numbers suggest that they belong to some of Facebook’s earliest users.

Thus, the message is just an interesting and harmless prank.

A screenshot of the “trick” in action:

Cell Phone Has Name Prank 2

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer