According to supposed warning messages that are currently circulating via WhatsApp and SMS, you should not take a mobile phone call from the number 777888999.
The messages, which are circulating in both English and Hindi, claim that attending a call from the number will “blast” your phone. Some versions claim that people have died or been injured due to the explosion caused by answering the number.
Examples of the messages
URGENT ?pl don’t attend any Call of mob no …777888999….if u attend. Call your mobile will blast …..pl share to your friends …
777888999 Don’t pick this number as phone is blasting after receiving this number
Blast claims are nonsense
However, the claims in the messages are utter nonsense. There are no credible references that support the claims in any way.
Your phone will not explode if you receive a call from 777888999 or any other number.
There is no mechanism that could cause your phone to explode or catch fire by simply accepting a call from a particular number. Any message that makes such a claim is sure to be a hoax.
Just one in a series of ‘killer call’ hoaxes
Silly hoaxes like this do nothing other than cause fear and alarm. If you receive this message, do not send it on. And let the sender know that the claims in the message are untrue.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!