Hoax text messages

24 February 2011 09:36 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) today cautioned people to not be deceived by welfare related hoax text messages sent by anonymous sources which claim that if the receiver forwards the text message to a certain number of persons, the service provider would contribute a certain amount towards the cause.

A recent text message doing the rounds said a 9 year old girl, Darkshini, is in a critical state suffering from blood cancer and that her father needs Rs.200 lakhs for the operation. The text message went on to say that all telecommunication providers have agreed to give 10 cents each time the message is passed.

TRC Director General, Anusha Palpita told the Daily Mirror that neither the TRC nor any private telecommunications services provider supports welfare related text messages which claim to donate money to those in need through a contribution by the telecommunication networks.” Text messages of that nature are sent by individuals and not telecommunication providers and people should not be deceived by them,” Palpita said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

  Comments - 9

  • anemagekata Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:34 PM

    I knew it!!

    Tharaka Chanaka Thursday, 24 February 2011 09:55 AM

    What about election campaigns via SMS?...what action are you doing about that? And why dont we get "green SMS's?"

    DHA Thursday, 24 February 2011 09:59 AM

    its really sad to note that there is a bunch of crowd who come up with the most saddest stories to fool the public....when someone really needs help they get left out........soooo sad....

    Anushka Thursday, 24 February 2011 10:41 AM

    It's the same as all those chain mails people get everyday. It's amazing how a lot of people are fooled by seemingly obvious hoaxes

    Noah Thursday, 24 February 2011 04:34 PM

    Dont mix up election campain and this fake SMS

    sltk20042004 Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:19 AM

    Couldn't it be that the mobile companies have a link to this? What ever the reason an SMS is sent, they get revenue...

    xlntgson Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:26 AM

    Highly unusual!

    Ranjith Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:43 AM

    These are sent by the cmpanies themselves (although they will deny) to increase text message traffic and therefore increase their businesses for profit.

    mohandev Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:07 PM

    Thats because they are broke, all the ill gotten monies have run dry

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