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Teen loses life as violent WhatsApp game Momo challenge goes viral

India Today logo India Today 07-08-2018 Mustafa Shaikh

In Argentina, a 12-year-old girl's suicide is being linked to the Momo challenge.

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WHAT IS MOMO CHALLENGE

Momo challenge is a 'suicide' game on WhatsApp that has gone viral. In Momo challenge, the sculpture's picture is used to send challenges to teenagers. Stories have appeared as to how this game is threatening young lives like the Blue Whale challenge once did and parents are being made aware.

WHAT CYBER EXPERTS SAY

Some diligence and help of cyber experts reveal that there is no such game as the Momo challenge and that only a picture is being used to steal people's personal information.

Cyber expert Ritesh Bhatia performed an experiment to see if the game was for real.

He tried to contact the administrators of the WhatsApp groups from three countries -- Japan, Colombia and Mexico -- but found the numbers are all inactive.

"Momo is neither a challenge nor a game. It's simply a hoax that should not be given any importance because that can lead to morbid curiosity. I personally investigated the three numbers from Japan, Colombia and Mexico and all three numbers are inactive."

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ABOUT MOMO

Bhatia said, "Momo is nothing but a sculpture of "Mother bird" made by a Japanese artist and displayed in Tokyo's horror art Vanilla Gallery."

"Some miscreants made wrong use of this image and have been trying to scare a few people. Do not entertain any such miscreant. One should immediately block and report people who are trying to threaten you," he added.

In fact on July 12, the Mexico police came up with a warning that this game is being used to get personal information.

"...warning for new challenge in children and young people, avoid talking with strangers, seek to obtain information that can be used against you," the police warning said.

On July 18, Spain's national police declared in a Twitter post that this challenge is a hoax.

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