Urgent Warning Issued: 'Momo Suicide Challenge' Takes Over WhatsApp

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in News On 4th August 2018
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A sick suicide "game" dubbed "Momo" has been popping up all over the world in recent weeks, predominantly through WhatsApp, parents are being warned.

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'Momo' is the name of a social media account which has profiles on Facebook and Whatsapp. The new game sweeping social media has parents and authorities concerned that we may be seeing the rise of another 'Blue Whale' challenge that led to reports of 130 suicides in Russia.

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'Momo' is a viral challenge that asks people to add a contact via WhatsApp - they are then urged to commit self-harm or suicide. According to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit in the Mexican state of Tabasco, the game started in a Facebook where members were 'challenged' to communicate with an unknown number.

The Computer Crime Investigation Unit posted to Twitter about the disturbing challenge.

The tweet read (translated):

It all started in a Facebook group where participants were challenged to start communicating with an unknown number

Several users said that if they sent a message to Momo on their cell phone, the response came with violent and aggressive images, and some say they had messages answered with threats.

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According to the Buenos Aires Times"

"Momo is now under suspicion for the possible connection to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina."

Several users are reported as saying that Momo responded with violent images and players are threatened if they refuse to follow the game's "orders".

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