Squid Game, the gory South Korean drama, is on course to become one of Netflix’s most-watched series.
The drama sees cash-trapped contestants invited to participate in life-and-death children’s games for money by calling a number displayed on their invitation cards.
A woman said she was deluged by calls to her number after the gory South Korean drama took the attention of many across the world. She said the number came through to her phone requesting her to take part in the game.
Netflix says it will edit out a phone number that appears in the hit series after the complaint was made. It has urged the fans to refrain from calling the number.
The businesswoman in Seongju, South-east South Korea, told local media about the thousands of texts and calls she had received to the point that she could go with her daily life.
“This is a number that I’ve been using for more than ten years, so I’m quite taken aback. There are more than 4,000 numbers that I’ve had to delete from my phone,” she told Money Today.
“At first, I didn’t know why, but my friend told me that my number came out in Squid Game, and that’s when I realized.”
The businesswoman is reported to have rejected offers of compensation up to five million won ($4 178). Netflix has not commented on the compensation claims.
“Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary,” Netflix said on Wednesday.
The Show reached the first slot in 90 countries just ten days after it was aired on 17th September.
The Squid Game got so popular because of the striking visuals, disturbing study of human nature, and relatable characters that speak to the fans directly, as reported by the BBC’s William Lee and Waiyee Yip.
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