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CCK issues statement on alarming SMS message

Posted: 01 Sep, 2010

The attention of the Commission has been drawn to SMS and email messages that are doing the rounds in the country warning mobile users against receiving calls from unknown or certain listed numbers. The messages further allege that receipt of calls from either the unknown or listed numbers would cause brain haemorrhage due to high frequency.

Upon analysis of the messages, the Commission has established the warnings are a hoax generated by unscrupulous people bent on causing fear and despondency among members of the public. The listed numbers are non-existent as mobile, fixed or international lines.  In addition, the alleged haemorrhage due to high frequency has no technical basis whatsoever. The Commission, therefore, wishes to urge the public to ignore these messages and go about their business without any fear.  The public is also advised to avoid fuelling the fear by transmitting the said messages to friends and family members. 

The Commission also wishes to call on the media, particularly FM stations, to exercise responsibility and avoid fuelling fear and despondency among Kenyans by dwelling on these rumours that have no basis whatsoever.  

We further wish to warn the originators of these messages that they are in breach of the law.  The Commission is already in contact with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book.
 

 

Released by,

Charles J.K. Njoroge
Director-General