Real Truth About 08030004900 Number - Real or Fake?

There have been false rumor making wave in Nigeria about a strange number that is calling people and asking them to go jump inside Lagoon in Lagos as the easiest way to commit suicide. This has been trending on Social media platforms, most especially Whatsapp; including Facebook, Chatrooms, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram etc.

The said number is 08030004900. There have been stories that this same number was the number that called a Medical Doctor who was returning from church that made him jumped into the Lagoon from Third mainland bridge after he ordered his driver to pull over.

Below is the type of message that has been trending on Social media sites:
Gud evening ,i hope u guys ave heard dat d police saved anoda woman tryn to jump into d lagoon today..pls my sisters dis is d number calling dem..08030004900... i didnt really blive until a friend tld me d number called her nd started sayn sum enchantment and d nxt thing she heard waz tld to 08030004900 kill her self wit any possible means she has... d same number called her friends broda in skul nd if nt for her friend's broda roommate dat stop him.. he wud ave stabbed himself wit d knife in his hands.. so pls sisters lets pass dis information.. nd lets also b prayerful.. d was d same number dat called dat doctor dat jumped into d lagoon too... #TAKEHEED
Pls don't pick calls from d number
Two of my course mates were saved cos dey missed d call. pls spread the news

When i saw this, i laughed at how people can be easily misled. Someone woke up and started writing this nonsense and spreading on social media. Pls don't ever believe this fake story. It's not real at all.

Now here is my analysis of the said evil number:

  • The number 08030004900 is an MTN Nigeria telemarketing line used for promotions.
  • It's mtn short code. Instead of calling with 4900, they call with a longer normal looking number.
  • It is customized for marketing purposes only and as such cannot be called back.
  • MTN Nigeria uses the shortcode: 4900 for their callertunez promotion services. Full digits for 4900 is 0803 000 4900.
  • It's in no way related to the suicide at Lagos Lagoon.

Am not in any way promoting MTN's business number but I want to save the Nigerian populace from the panic and fear.

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  1. Am not experience this number we need careful

  2. But I thing I received a called with this number and it was a company

  3. Is it true is what happen

  4. People that believe that they can use hot water and salt to cure ebola will believe anything. That's Naija for you.

  5. when i saw the rumour that was the first thing that came to my mind
    i knew it was a customer care number but people spread false info for attention, what i don't get is what they gain from it