Message circulating via WhatsApp warns that users should beware of messages with specified numbers because the messages come from ‘satanic agents looking for blood through internet’. Supposedly, 11 people in Khomas, Namibia have already died after receiving calls from one of the numbers. A later version claims that the people died in Johannesburg.
The claims in the supposed warning are fanciful nonsense. Nobody in Khomas or anywhere else in the world has died just from receiving a phone call or text message. And, not surprisingly, there are no credible news or police reports that support the claims in the message in any way whatsoever.
Warning: There is a number starting with +91 on whatsapp, with the picture of a white guy or lady. Please do not respond to their msg but block the number Asap. They are satanic agents looking for blood through internet. Some people are dead already so don’t be a victim. Share with everyone u know and save souls +91 88 02 254419/ and +918271098560[6/3, 08:53] +250 785 200 364: Triple 6 is taking over now 11 people died this morning in khomas after receiving a call from this number. +264866699666 and please i beg u,, send this number to all your family members and then to all people u love or people u don’t want to lose and tell them not to answer any call from such numbers. It’s URGENT: Tell all contacts from your list not to accept a video titled “the dance of the Pope”. It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on the radio. Pass on to as many as you can
According to a rather breathless message that is currently traversing the interwebs, especially in Namibia, Uganda, and some other African nations, WhatsApp users should beware of messages with specified numbers because the messages come from ‘satanic agents looking for blood through internet’. Supposedly, 11 people in Khomas, Namibia have already died after receiving calls from one of the numbers. The message begs you to save souls by sharing the information with everyone you know.
The message also warns that you should not accept a video titled ‘the dance of the Pope’ because it is a virus that will format your mobile phone.
Of course, the claims in the supposed warning are fanciful nonsense. Nobody in Khomas or anywhere else in the world has died just from receiving a phone call or text message. Not surprisingly, there are no credible news or police reports that support the claims in the message in any way whatsoever.
This is not the first hoax that has falsely claimed the people had died after receiving a ‘killer’ text message or call. Back in 2009, a message circulating in Egypt warned that people had suffered fatal brain hemorrhages after receiving a mobile phone text message. The bogus warning caused so much concern in the community that the Egyptian government was compelled to officially quell the rumours. A similar hoax message circulated in Pakistan in 2007.
These nasty and pointless prank messages cause unnecessary fear and alarm in communities and waste the time of police and government agencies who must calm the fears of concerned members of the public.
And, the warning about the ‘dance of the Pope’ virus is also a hoax that has been circulating for several months as a separate message. There is no virus like the one described in the message. It appears that the prankster who created the ‘satanic agents’ warning has simply tacked on the fake ‘Dance of The Pope’ virus warning for good measure.
A later version of the hoax claims that the deaths occurred in Johannesburg and actually names a person as the supposed satanic agent. Of course, this version is just as absurd – and untrue – as its predecessor. But, this version is perhaps even worse than the original in that it unfairly maligns and could have a detrimental impact on the person it identifies.
Last updated: April 11, 2017
First published: November 26, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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!