A macabre game known as ‘Momo’, which went viral via mobile phones via WhatsApp, alerted Mexican authorities to the risk of users receiving threats or being robbed of their personal data.
The challenge is to call a telephone number based in Japan, which appears next to a monstrous image taken from a sculptural exhibition at the Ginza Museum in 2016, also in the Japanese country.
Subsequently, ‘Momo’ will respond with violent images, threats, incitement to suicide and even theft of personal data.
“Before you contacted the demons through the güija, now it’s done through WhattsApp,” says the Youtuber Brain Sobrevilla, who marked “the cursed number” to check what happened when contacting ‘Momo’.
For this reason, the Computer Crime Investigation Unit of the State of Tabasco launched an alert to warn of the risks posed by the challenge that has spread among young Mexicans.
“Several users said that if you sent a message to ‘Momo’ from your cell phone, this scary-looking woman responded with violent and aggressive images. There are even those who claim that they have answered the messages with threats and revealing personal information, “said the Tabasco authority.