fake text message !!!

Australia
March 18, 2011 5:16am CST
A fake text message warning people that the Fukushima nuclear plant has leaked beyond Japan has been circulated all over Asian countries. The message read: BBC news Flash: Japan government confirms the leak of Fukushima. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. Close doors and windows If rain comes, remain indoors for 24 hours. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is. Radiations may hit Philippine at 4pm today. The BBC has issued no such flash. My dad sent me the same text message, he was very worried. But when i googled it, i found out that it was hoax. So, guys please be aware of this fact...
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14 responses
• United States
18 Mar 11
Oh this is not good, why the scammers always trying to find ways to scam people. This is very nice of you to discuss this with us so we now know. I hope nobody is affected by this.
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• Australia
18 Mar 11
Thank you!
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
19 Mar 11
I wonder if telcos should trace the original source of the text message and prosecute these people for inciting mass hysteria. These people who start such sms are really sick in the mind, and they probably console themselves they are doing good deeds. To me, the situation is already bad without them starting such fires.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Hi. sweetme329. You know this is so sad that people don't have anything else better to do than to play mind games on people. Telling lies is so far out! Why would someone make a lie like this?? It does not make any sense at all! I am glad that it is not true. I know that it gave many people a scare. People should not make up lying hoaxs just to scare someone out of their wits! I hope that many will calm down after being frightened. I tell you, childish liars!
• Australia
19 Mar 11
I know, i was really frightened for my loved ones in the beginning but later when i discovered it was fake, i was annoyed...Thankfully its fake!
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
hello sweet, It could be hoax/fake whatever. Still we should not underestimate what harm nuke can do to us. Japan is not that far here in our country...and air is circulating all around the globe. The only hope we had now is to pray. have a great weekend and welcome to mylot
• Australia
18 Mar 11
You are absolutely right...These are exact words my father replied me when i told him the message was fake !!! I see your point... You have a great weekend too...
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
18 Mar 11
This is exactly what my dad said he received too! And he was asking me about what betadine is and where to get it......wow, if this is a hoax message, I better tell me dad as soon as possible. Thanks for the alert, much appreciated!
• Australia
18 Mar 11
My Pleasure, Gerald... I think its a great idea to inform your dad soon!!!
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
hahahaha i am at work when mom called me not to go out for a while. I was luaghing at her when i said it's fake. well actually i feel bad about what is happening now. too many people are suffering now because of this disasters and now some are using the internet and even used this situation to get scam. "Donations"
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
hi there. this news has spread all over the country and so we got so worried. my friends were forwarding that message to me too. i hope those people who do this would be more considerate, although i think it has a little benefit and that is i think to be ready just in case something bad happens. but exact news are still very important. thank you.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
I haven't received such sms yet and i thank God for it. there are people who are making fun of the situation. Instead of thinking how to help they are concocting an idea to trigger more fear and panic to the already fear stricken world. It pays to be well informed. Read the news of what is the update re the situation. This is the only way we can cover ourselves or protect ourselves from misinformation.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
19 Mar 11
That is the trouble with cell phones, they are evil
@chuyins123 (2118)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Yes, while some other people are all consumed at the worry about japan. Some get the idea of hoaxing or spamming messages, circulating ill content about what happened to japan. Their main goal is not to warn people but to discomfort and let people worry about something that is not true. It's disappointing to know such a phenomenon, and to think they are humans too. :(
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
hello sweetme.. i received exactly the same message too.. and just as i finished reading it i immediately forwarded it to my friends and relatives because that issue is really not a joke.. but hours later news released new updates and declared that PHil. is safe from d radiation... thank God we're safe.. but d question is, until when? right?. . .
• United States
18 Mar 11
It is getting to the point that scammers are getting so intelligent that they are utilizing all method to defraud people. I just hope no one falls for the gimmicks because the poor person would end up paying double for fraud this way.
@libramie (563)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Fake text messages can may help also coz the topic was really happened, only we must not got panic immediately, we found the fact first, which is which and what is the best thing to do.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
18 Mar 11
The truth is there is some radiation in the air, but we have to be really careful cause the news here in Japan are a little different from what I hear in the uk's and us' newspaper, they are saying things that are alittle far from the truth. People also have to be careful cause there are FAKE SITES FOR DONATIONS and that needed a caps lock cause if people fall for this scam it's going to be terrible, japanese in the evacuated areas are having trouble even to eat, let alone not receive the money good will people are sending.