Yesterday I wrote about an SMS text message I received that claimed 22 Christian missionaries were going to be executed in Afghanistan.
I immediately thought it was a hoax but wasn’t entirely sure.
However, after some searching and thinking I am now pretty certain that the message, that some people have received via email and IM message too, is bogus.
Some of the tell-tale signs are as follows -
- the text message is not dated, meaning that it can circulate ad-infinitum and trick yet more people
- no source is quoted, making it difficult to confirm or debunk the hoax
- the message is vague, again making it hard to search for the truth
A search around Twitter, which is a great source for breaking news, shows that this story has been circulating for a few days now.
It seemed to originate in the US back on the 25th of February before spreading into Europe and then onto the UK by yesterday.
Strange, then, that it has not been picked up by the mainstream media isn’t it?
Not if it isn’t true!
That may be harmless enough (I didn’t delve into what it was trying to do) but certainly set some alarm bells ringing in my head.
All of the above have just reinforced my view that the original text message was a hoax and has no basis in truth.
The only question that remains unanswered is what is the purpose of this hoax?