I'm a bit late with this, but I see (via Fortean Times
) that last month Reuters reported
that rumors were spreading around Pakistan and Afghanistan alleging that:
a deadly virus was being sent through mobile phones, and that anyone answering phone calls from some certain numbers would contract a fatal illness. The rumours claimed that "as soon as you answer your phone blood comes out of your mouth, nose and ears and you die"
The local phone companies were trying to calm people down, assuring them that it's impossible to contract a killer virus simply by answering your mobile phone.
This is not the first time such a rumor has been reported. The first time I saw it pop up was back in July 2004
, when it was spreading around Nigeria. The rumor then was that a phone call from one of two numbers, either 0802 311 1999 or 0802 222 5999, would cause instant death. An Agence France Presse reporter bravely dialed both numbers, but survived.
Next the rumor surfaced in India in 2006
. The rumor now warned of "devil calls" which, when received, would cause mobile phones to explode like bombs, killing their owners.
Of course, the real danger is not a killer phone virus. Instead, it's the relentless spread of the unstoppable gullibility virus