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Beware of this Whatsapp chain letter

From TECHBOOK | July 11, 2017, 3:07 pm

A new WhatsApp chain letter from the allegedly dead Teresa Figaldo scares children and adolescents. What can parents do now?

A particularly macabre WhatsApp chain letter is currently in circulation: As the Swiss daily newspaper “Südostschweiz” reports, children and young people are currently getting more and more scary messages from a “ghost” named Teresa Figaldo. Specifically, the message is:

"Hello. I am Teresa Figaldo. Today is 26 years since I was dead. If you don't forward this to 20 people, I'll sleep in your bed today. Forever. I'll stand in a corner and watch you all night ... All day long I will accompany you, throw knives at you and it could end fatally for you. If you survive, I'll kill you in a brutal way "

There is also a link to the following YouTube video:

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What's behind Teresa Figaldo?

The story of Teresa Figaldo and the video come from the 2004 short film "La Curva" by the Portuguese director David Rebordão. So one can hardly speak of a real ghost.

Incidentally, the current WhatsApp chain letter is not the first case in which the story is taken up: As early as 2014, the British online portal “The Independent” reported on a similar chain letter with Teresa Figaldo that was circulating on Instagram. In Germany, too, the same chain letters are said to have been sent via WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger at the beginning of the year.

Parents should speak to their children urgently

“Südostschweiz” reports of elementary school children who became anxious and were unsure whether they should take the content of the message seriously. Some confided in their parents late.

Media literacy expert Laurent Sédano told the newspaper: “Inexperienced children get scared and don't know what to do. There is something insidious about chain letters. Something appeals to the children that they cannot completely rule out. That then sticks in the head. ”The children should urgently turn to their parents in the event of such a chain letter, and they should take the worries seriously and investigate what exactly frightened them. Simply deleting the chain letter is not enough. “Parents should explain to the child what chain letters are about. The more information the children have, the faster the fear disappears, ”says the expert.

What should I do if I get a fake message?

Karin Thomas-Martin from the consumer center Baden-Württemberg e. V. explains: “In 99.99 percent of the cases, these chain letters are so-called hoaxes, i.e. fictitious messages. Anyone who receives such a message should keep calm and then type the first sentence of the message into a search engine. In this way you can find out whether this chain letter is a fabricated message that should be deleted immediately. "

Beware of malware!

Thomas-Martin also warns: “There is a danger if there is a link in such a message. If this link is activated, malware can be loaded onto the smartphone. But that would only be possible if the user allowed "software from unknown sources" to be installed. "

Another source of malware are apps, as the consumer advocate knows. “We only recommend downloading apps from the official app shops. You should also not download apps in the shops that have not already been downloaded by several thousand users. Also, be sure to take the app ratings into account. In addition, you should avoid apps that take out the rights that are actually not necessary for the app to function. An example: In order for a flashlight app to work, it neither has to access the contact details nor make calls. "

WhatsApp fraud with Ute Lehr & Co.

The scary chain letter isn't the only scam. Sometimes users also receive chain letters with content like: “Please tell everyone on your list that they shouldn't accept the contact“ Ute Lehr ”! This is a virus (via WhatsApp) that destroys the entire hard drive and pulls the data down, if one of your contacts catches it, you are also affected because it eats its way through the list! If the number 01719626509 calls you, don't pick it up! Is a hacker and all of your contacts will be affected too! It was also confirmed by EUROP1 and SAT1 this morning! Hand off!!"

Thomas-Martin gives the all-clear here, however, as no link is given: “This chain letter wants to spread panic. It was already 'warned' about the contacts Ute Christoff, Marcel Hohmann and others with the same content. "

The story is fictitious, there is also no virus behind it - the warning against Ute Lehr is ultimately a modern form of the well-known chain letter, the contents of which are simply wrong. If you try to call the specified number, you will be told that it is not known. The message is harmless, simply accepting a new contact cannot destroy a hard drive, nor can a virus “eat” its way through contact lists.

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