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Fact Check: Receiving Calls from +92 and +99 Numbers Does NOT Hack Your Phone

Claim: Receiving phone calls from numbers starting with +92 and +99 will hack your phone.
Fact: The assertion is untrue. Contrary to the video’s assertion, Police Officer Jahangir Alam now admits that his earlier statement about phone hacking via phone calls was incorrect, making it impossible to hack a mobile phone through this method.

Recently, some videos have been circulating on the social media platform TikTok claiming that receiving phone calls from numbers starting with +92 and +99 will hack your phone.

One of these videos was even made by a police officer, who promoted the claim in an attempt to raise awareness. 

You can watch the videos that spread this claim here and here.

Newschecker-Bangladesh has verified this claim and found it false. 

Fact check/Verification

Upon further investigation, it has been revealed that the police officer in question is named Jahangir Alam. He serves as a Sub-Inspector (SI) at Dhanbari Police Station in Tangail district. The video claiming that receiving a call can hack your phone was indeed posted on his page.

However, in a new video posted on April 13th, Jahangir Alam acknowledged the error in his previous statement. He admitted that the information provided in his earlier video regarding phone hacking through simply receiving a call was incorrect. Due to this error, he has since deleted the previous video.

A more thorough examination led to the discovery of an article on the website of AVG, an antivirus software company. The article states that a mobile phone cannot be hacked just by receiving a call.

Cybersecurity firm Avast has also confirmed the same information. They further state that while phone calls can be used for phishing attacks or other scams, direct hacking through phone calls is not possible.

Avast explains that phone calls typically only involve transmitting voice data and do not provide a means for injecting malware or executing malicious code on the recipient’s device. Scammers may attempt to trick users into revealing personal information or clicking on suspicious links through phone calls, but these methods do not constitute direct device hacking.

In addition, +92 is the country code for phone numbers in Pakistan, while +99 is the prefix for country codes of several countries, including Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

Conclusion

The claim that receiving phone calls from numbers starting with +92 and +99 will automatically hack your phone is false.

Result: False

Our Sources
Jahangir Alam Facebook Page
AVG
Avast
Country Codes


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