How to report harassing phone calls or text messages in Lebanon?

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Picture taken from Ibnlive

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about girls getting harassed “textually” by unknown men either through WhatsApp or other messaging service. Only last week, 2 friends of mine showed me messages they are getting from these random guys, sometimes accompanied with naked pictures or love songs. One of them even proposed to marry her and sent her his own picture (even though she never answered him back and always ignored his calls).

I know that the best way is to just ignore these people but sometimes it can go on for weeks and the same person could be using several numbers which is why I think there should be an easy way to report such harassment acts and catch the people doing this. It’s not funny when a married woman gets a naked picture of another man on her phone or gets offered money in return for sex from a total stranger. The annoying part is that once that person knows your number, there are many ways he can reach you.

Having said that, and based on what I’ve been told, the legal way to approach a harassment is by either going to the nearest Office of Public Prosecutions and filing a complaint or talking to a lawyer. Another “illegal” way is to have someone call the guy and pretend they are from the ISF Information Branch or Army intelligence Officers but I wouldn’t recommend it. In fact, the reason I know about this illegal method is because someone tried to do that with a well-connected relative of mine and ended up getting caught along with the guy he hired. Of course the girl can always call the guy or have her brother or boyfriend or father call him and warn him but that’s not the proper way to deal with it.

Back to the main topic, I think there should be a hotline or website shared by the police and Telecom ministry dedicated to reporting harassing phone calls and texts. That way, people who are getting harassed will avoid the hassle to hire a lawyer or going to the Office of Public Prosecutions for a small yet serious matter.

All they would have to do on the website for example is to submit a form accompanied with screenshots and the people in charge of this website or hotline would double check the information and then block the line or trace it to its owner and arrest him. If they report it via the hotline, the number would get a warning call.

I will submit this request to Minister Sehnaoui since he’s the current Telecom Minister and other concerned parties to see if there’s anything they can do about it.

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Here’s a screenshot I got from a friend who got this message from some unknown number. The conversation dragged a bit before she blocked him.

10 thoughts on “How to report harassing phone calls or text messages in Lebanon?

    1. Najib Post author

      Jim,
      My relative was harassed by his ex-gf’s bf for some reason and the bf had a Moukhabarat friend of his call my relative and threaten him and ask him to show for interrogation.

      Luckily enough, we knew the head of the intelligence bureau who caught the guy and punished him and his buddy.

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      1. jim

        yeah, guys here have this issue. i’ve heard many similar stories, some of which were ridiculously “high level” people. it’s pretty nasty.

        admittedly i was only poking fun, but that makes more sense.

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  1. Rayane

    Yes please! I have been harassed as well on Viber, whatsapp and something weird happened last night. I have been getting phone calls from this number 0022455202186 but i wasn’t answering. I called back yesterday thinking it could be a friend or relative, and an automated voice message tells me you have 1 pending message on your number 96171xxxxxx. A girl’s voice appears saying in araabic : Hi ana nada if u remember me we met in ABC ashrafiye 3 months ago and I have been trying to reach you because I’m thinking of you.. please call me! WTF? is this digital prostitution now? Has this happened with someone you know?

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    1. jim

      yeah, i’ve gotten a call from +224 before as well as from congo, i just ignore them. my friend got one at 6 in the morning. it’s just annoying.

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  2. maya

    Bala dragging el conversation check the phone nb on Tuecaller ,block /delete deghre as much as the caller or chatter talks from other nbs ,the Leb /Syrian weirdos r increasing in nbs

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  3. Cynthia

    This can get really annoying a friend of mine had the same issue he kept calling and texting and when she wouldnt reply he started talking to her on whatsapp saying stuff like lei ma 3am tredde 3layye ana ktir bhebbik w ba3ref esmik w wen baytik w bla bla that creepy shit she was really terrified. Weve got some seriously sick twisted perverts in this country.

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  4. Jennifer

    HI evryone I am being harassed on viber ho say to me in arabic all the time:allo redde, taba3e bi taba3ik and I can’t take it anymore I am just 12 and he’s like 24

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