You’ve probably heard of the Netflix series “Squid game” which instantly topped the popular streaming service.
The fictional series launched worldwide on September 17, and is billed as entertainment – in between South Korean Oscar-winning film “Parasite” and talent show “Maskorama”.
The series which has been given an age limit of 16 years, as described as violent and scary, could become the most streamed series of all time, writes BBC.
Big production loss
The series follows 456 people with financial problems, who receive a mysterious invitation to compete in children’s toys. Along the way, the participants were eliminated, and the remaining people in the end ran away with a large amount of money.
At the beginning of the series, one of the central roles in “Seong Gi-hun”, played by Lee Jung-ja, is told to call a phone number. Value is given a business card containing eight digits.
And here is the mistake.
What the creators of this series didn’t think about was using fake numbers. They have found a number that already exists.
Receive 4,000 calls a day
A man in his 40s, who lives in South Korea’s Gyeonggi province, is the owner of the phone number. Now he is being bombarded with calls and text messages.
According to a local newspaper in South Korea, Hankook Ilbothe man receives about 4,000 phone calls a day.
The 40-year-old at first thought it was spam, as he had never seen a Netflix series, until one of the callers informed him that his number was shown on the program.
If no one saw the series
According to the Hong Kong Daily, South China Morning Postadults must have called him out of curiosity.
Many children also said over the phone that they wanted to participate in the program. The phone rings all the time, even in the middle of the night, the newspaper wrote.
The owner is said to have stated that he hopes no one sees the series.
According to the local newspaper Hankook Ilbo Netflix says that the production company behind the program has now contacted the owner to resolve the issue.
In addition, South Korean presidential candidate Huh Kyung Young has offered to buy the number for $85,000.
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