Phone number displayed on ‘Squid Game’ leads to wave of hoax calls

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As the Netflix drama series “Squid Game” became a worldwide sensation, a number of people came forward claiming that they were getting endless calls and texts after the show featured a phone number.

In the series, an anonymous character, played by actor Gong Yoo, gives Ki-hoon (Lee Jung-jae) a business card, asking him to enter the Squid Game contest. In the competition, 456 candidates compete for the prize money, risking their lives.

The business card has an eight-digit phone number, which potential lethal game contestants are encouraged to call to participate.

While most movies and TV shows feature invented phone numbers, the Netflix show features an actual phone number and people have called the number or texted after the show was released, one claimed. anybody.

“I get endless calls and texts,” one person said in an interview with local media. “I have been using this number for over 10 years so I am quite surprised.”

“Some 4,000 phone calls come in every day. I didn’t even realize what was going on because I didn’t watch the show. Someone who played a joke on me told me the number was on the show, ”the person said.

Meanwhile, another person claims to be the victim of hoax calls associated with the phone number.

“The number on the game is very similar to mine. People call my number, mistakenly thinking it’s the show’s number, ”the person wrote on Twitter with screenshots of unanswered phone calls. “To the director of the show, please contact me. It’s so upsetting.

Shortly after the allegations surfaced online, Netflix Korea said it was investigating the matter, trying to contact alleged victims of the hoaxes.

By Im Eun-byel ([email protected])


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