Natcoms berates Authorities for failing to tackle GSM tricks
LAGOS-National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (Natcoms) has taken a swipe on regulatory authorities for not doing enough to dispel the urban legends, myths, and tales-by-moonlight spreading like wildfire and claiming that scratch card’s ‘Silver Nitro Oxide’ coating causes skin cancer.
Reminiscent of the great hoax of 2004 when rumour circulated that that certain telephone numbers are allegedly killing people, most Nigerians are today having sleepless nights over fresh SMSes warning people not to use fingernails to scratch off the coating on scratch tickets because the coating contains a substance called “Silver Nitro oxide” that can cause skin cancer.
Natcoms said the rumour is becoming very worrisome and a serious concern to the telecommunications industry and urged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) work out a framework to address this emerging menace.
Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, national president of Natcoms said that “on our part, on receiving these SMSes, have consulted and researched widely, but more consultation and research needs to be done by the industry. The common thing with these bogus SMSes is that, they quote and make reference to credible organizations as authors.”
“For the SMS warning people not to use fingernails to scratch off the coati
ng on scratch tickets because the coating contains a substance called Silver Nitro oxide that can cause skin cancer, they credited the source to Medical Research Authority of the US, and with the SMS warning that phones must be switched off between 12.30 a.m. and 3.00 a.m. because cosmic rays will enter into the earth from mars, was credited to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)” Ogunbanjo added.
It would be recalled that August 15, some subscribers sent SMSes warning people about cosmic rays from Planet Mars into Earth and that they must switch off their phones in order not to be affected by the so-called cosmic rays.
The SMS read “Tonight between 12.30 a.m. and 3.00 a.m. cosmic rays will enter into the earth from mars. So switch off your phones at night and keep them away from you. Please, send to others. It’s BBC news.