Microsoft teamed up with popular Dutch boy band B Brave this month to launch an elaborate stunt to warn the public abuot keeping their personal details safe online.
The prank started when band member Dioni Jurado “accidentally” leaked the phone number of bandmate Kaj van der Voort.
The number was in the background of a selfie Jurado posted to Instagram and Snapchat on Thursday morning.
It was only up for 20 minutes, but within the next day, van der Voort received over 600 phone calls and 4,000 WhatsApp messages from fans.
However, the photo was no accident. The move was orchestrated in partnership with Microsoft, to warn teenagers about revealing too much online.
B Brave and Microsoft revealed the hoax nature of the incident on Friday in a YouTube video.
The video explains that you should think twice before posting an E-mail address, phone number, or racy picture on the internet because it could lead to unwanted consequences.
Results of a survey have also been revealed, showing that over 60% of all Dutch teens had the same password across all devices and services, a quarter have shared their login information with friends, and almost one in five have experienced someone logging into their account(s) without their permission.