May 6, 2008

Text prank aimed at Houston Zoo

According to dialaphone, this weekend the Dublin Zoo (and not the Houston Zoo as previously reported) switchboard was jammed with thousands of calls per day asking to speak to “Mr G Raff” and a host of other animal names, following a prank text message.

But someone is using cell phone text messages to monkey around with the Houston Zoo, too according to the Houston Chronicle. Zoo officials have asked the FBI to investigate a possibly malicious texting campaign that has deluged the main switchboard with telephone calls, including 3,500 received on Sunday — about 10 times the normal volume.

The calls are prompted when a cell phone user receives a cryptic text message, such as: "Somebody talking down on you, look for them." The text is followed by the zoo's main phone number: 713-533-6500.

The phone calls have come in spurts since April 22, said Brian Hill, a zoo spokesman. He urged people who receive text messages with the zoo's phone number not to call."

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