Spanish police release a warning telling people "do not add Momo's number on Whatsapp"
Police in Argentina are investigating if the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Buenos Aires is linked to Momo and have warned parents to be vigilant
Her intention was to upload the video to social media as part of a challenge crediting the Momo game. The phone has been hacked to find footage and WhatsApp chats, and now the alleged adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages is being sought.
Authorities in Mexico have also started an information campaign to warn youngsters and parents about Momo.
The Computer Crime Unit of Tabasco said: "The risk of this challenge among young people and minors is that criminals can use it to steal personal information, incite suicide or violence, harass, extort and generate physical and psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.”
It will reply in any language, with country calling codes 81 (Japan), 52 (Mexico), and 57 (Colombia).
Momo is a sculpture originally created by Keisuke Aisawa from special effects compan Link Factory, it was part of an exhibit in Vanilla Gallery (famed for creepy-cute artwork) in 2016. It is representing a Japanese yokai Ubume (姑獲鳥).
Ubume can appear in many forms: a woman carrying a baby, a pregnant woman, or a corpse carrying an unborn fetus.
The literal translation of Ubume (姑獲鳥) is “child-snatching bird” and some theories connect this spirit with another yokai called the ubumetori that snatches babies.
Pictures of it became an urban legend on the Spanish-speaking web and was associated with the WhatsApp game.