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Fake WhatsApp Message Terrifies Kidnap Family

Fake WhatsApp messages about the kidnapped boys keep going viral. Today one family thought the worst had happened.
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Since Friday, someone began sending out fake WhatsApp messages about the status of the boys kidnapped by Hamas and the search for them. The messages have been going viral, and some of the less scrupulous or careful news sites have actually reported these fake WhatsApp “updates” as true.

Earlier today, a new and fake WhatsApp message went viral. The message reached one of the family members of the kidnapped boys.

Needless to say, until the family confirmed that the information was completely false, the family was seriously distressed to no end by the text of the message, which we are not reposting.

The IDF spokesperson has called on the public to stop forwarding these WhatsApp messages and to act responsibly.

The origin of these messages is unknown, whether they come from Hamas or just a sick person. But they are taking advantage of the Israeli need to forward on breaking news as fast as they can, to as many people as they know.

One hopes a responsible authority thinks to get a warrant to trace the WhatsApp message back to its source.

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5 Responses to “Fake WhatsApp Message Terrifies Kidnap Family”

  1. Some people on whatsapp need to wake up when they send thing via whatsapp

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    Hamas, or a sick person? I think you meant Hamas, or another sick person…

  3. Aron Sandler says:

    Despite it being difficult if you're a family member of someone in this situation you need to electronically isolate yourself. Don't use apps, or read message boards, or news sites. Rely on the IDF to keep you informed, otherwise this is going to happen. The modern world is full of trolls that love to cause harm.

  4. Judith Dowla says:

    Let us see, we have those who do good and we have those who do evil. That is pure and simple evil and when they are caught, watch out, they will receive the spanking of their lives and serve time doing community service in the worst sectors one could ever imagine. Be a good deterrent for future plans to get even.

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