Momo game ‘suicide challenge’ spreads on WhatsApp
A new internet game called Momo is a challenge for users to commit suicide. The game originated on Facebook and is now circulating on WhatsApp.
A sick suicide “game” called “Momo” is spreading on WhatsApp, prompting the police to warn about the shocking challenge.
The Buenos Aires Times reports that the police in Argentina are investigating whether “Momo” linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in the district of Escobar.
The girl filmed her activities prior to hanging himself from a tree in her backyard, according to the Buenos Aires Times. The authorities suspect that someone encouraged her to commit suicide, the report says.
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The Sun reports that the police in a number of countries have expressed their concern about the so-called “challenge.”
Screenshot (Guardia Civil/Twitter)
“Momo” is described as similar to the sinister “Blue Fin challenge” that led to reports of suicides in Russia and the USA. the Blue Whale suicide “game” is considered to be one of the social media group encourages people to kill themselves, according to the Sun.
“Momo” used to the creepy cropped image of a sculpture depicting a young woman with bulging eyes and black hair, News.com.au reports.
“Don’t add ‘Momo’!” warned the Spanish Guardia Civil in a recent tweet, noting that the game has gone viral on WhatsApp, aimed at teenagers.
🔴¡NO agregues a “Momo”!🚫
Si grabas en tu agenda 📲 el núm. +8143510*** te aparecerá un extraño rostro de una mujer. Es el último viral the WhatsApp the moda entre los adolescentes. #NoPiques, 🤣 broma o 👿 ataque the ciberdelincuente ❓ Mejor pasa de agregar.#VeranoSeguro 🖥 pic.twitter.com/qVofD2JZpM
— The Guardia Civil 🇪🇸 (@guardiacivil) July 19, 2018
Police in Mexico say that “Momo” is started in a Facebook group where people are encouraged to communicate with an unknown number. Computer Crime, Researchers from the Mexican State of Tabasco to warn you that the game is a “new challenge”, aimed at children and young people. “Not to talk to strangers,” tweeted recently.
#UIDI #FGETabasco #Cibernetica #Tabasco #Villahermosa #PolicíaCibernéticaTabasco #SegurosAlNavegar #PrevencionDelitosCibernéticos #MOMO Advertencia por nuevo reto en niños y jóvenes, evita hablar con desconocidos, buscan obtener información que puede ser utilizada en tu contra. pic.twitter.com/FywFhZFyyH
— UIDI FGE Tabasco (@UIDIFGETabasco) July 12, 2018
“In social networks, the image of a terrifying woman circulates,” add the researchers, in a statement. “They call her ‘Momo’ and she invites people to her to write her via WhatsApp.”
“Momo” is likely to appear in the night, or put a curse on the users if they do not respond, according to the Mexican police. Criminals can make use of the “game” to steal personal information or even to incite users to commit suicide or violence, researchers add.
The creepy “Momo” image was taken from an Instagram account and then circulated on WhatsApp, according to police.
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