Drug treats, imminent attacks and seven other bulos circulating on Whatsapp

Posted on7 Years ago

The National Police asks citizens not to viralize bulos through social media and instant messaging. The Social Media Group of @policia is reminded of the importance of not believing or disseminating messages that do not come directly from official sources. To this end, the police have developed a "top ten" with the ten most recurrent, eye-catching or spread on the Internet.

The last of these bulos, an improved re-editing of one that appeared in 2014, refers to the presence of a couple who are engaged in kidnapping children, who are attracted by selling them cards. This false rumor, spread by WhatsApp, includes on this occasion a photograph and an audio in which a woman tells an acquaintance that "her sister-in-law, who is a policewoman, that there is a couple trying to kidnap children by selling them cards...", so she requests that it be shared.

To this false alert is added a long list that includes HIV-infected fruits, calls that charge in your account 1500 euros, people who spray you with cologne to steal from your home, gift vouchers of trademarks, imminent attacks in a shopping center, drug treats provided to children or keychains with locator chip are some of the most widespread.

How to recognize one of these buns?

Most of these false rumors are anonymous, not signed, although they refer to reliable sources. They are also usually written in the most timeless way possible and lack a publication date so that they survive as much as possible circulating on the Network. Another trait that defines them in that they have a hook - generator of fear, morbid or economic type - to capture the attention of the internet user. They also seek to take advantage of a favourable and information-related situation, such as the commission of terrorist attacks in other countries.

The bulos are usually written in neutral Spanish (if they use this language) to facilitate dissemination internationally in those Spanish-speaking countries. In addition, they usually contain misspellings or poor wording. Also as a common feature we find that they usually include a forwarding request, either to alert other people, to avoid bad luck or death, to raise awareness of others or for any other reason. The purpose of this forwarding request is to capture email addresses, create databases, transmit malware, perform subsequent mass mail campaigns or simply spread false information as much as possible to generate fear in the population.

Instant messaging groups, big bulos speakers

Finally, Whatsapp groups are unsealing social networks themselves as powerful speakers of irrational hoaxes, some falsely quoting an official source; others that are new versions of old buns. The National Police Social Media Group recalls the importance of not believing or disseminating messages that do not come directly from official sources and asking others not to give it any credibility.

Totally unfounded risks, alleged evildoers that look like movies, practices or crimes very typical of fiction... are disseminated to all their contacts, especially by adult groups, sometimes without any verification.

New gadgets, such as smartphones or tablets, have become powerful tools to spread these cool ones. Specialists from the Technology Research Unit (ITU) and the National Police Social Media Group have recorded thousands of complaints, inquiries and requests for help from internet users through the body's telematics channels.

Source: www.elmundo.es

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