In today’s day and age of the internet, it is pretty difficult to spread misinformation and hoaxes as it is easy to search and debunk fake stories. But in the earlier days of the internet, it was much more common to find made-up stories and false information. People made up fake stories that went viral and terrified people as there was no way of fact-checking the myth or legend. One such story that went viral on the internet was that of Teresa Fidalgo.
The story of Teresa Fidalgo first went viral in 2014, when the video was first posted. Since then, the video resurfaces along with some new addition to the story every couple of years. Many people fall prey to the story and forwarded it to many more which led to the story spreading like wildfire. Teresa is not the first tale that humans have spread, and she certainly won’t be the last. What is the Teresa Fidalgo story and is it real? Read on to know about this famous internet lore that refuses to die down.
Who Is Teresa Fidalgo?
Teresa Fidalgo was a Portuguese lady who died in Sentra, Portugal, and whose ghost haunts people. According to the lore, the lady died in 1983 due to an accident. The video about Fidalgo spreading on the internet shows a group of friends who are traveling on a deserted road. The group is approached by a woman who claims she is Teresa Fidalgo and asks for a lift.
The group accepts and lets her in. She is quiet for the journey but then leads the group to the spot where she ‘died’. Just as the camera goes back to show the lady’s face, the car crashes, and all the passengers die except for a man named David. David is the only survivor of the crash and is unable to describe the night whatsoever.
This video is forwarded along with a message which goes, “If you stop reading this, you will die. I am Teresa Fidalgo and if you don’t post this on 20 other photos I will sleep with you forever. A girl ignored and her mom died 29 days later. You can even search for me on Google.” The message along with the video compelled many innocent people all over the world to spread the message even further.
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The Reality Of Fidalgo Story
Well, the story of Teresa Fidalgo is entirely fake. David Rebordão is the one who has written this story. The story and footage were developed by Rebordão when he and his team were filming along with his friends for his film ‘Virus’ in February 2003. He later admitted how the story does not have any basis in reality and is made up.
These videos and messages have been spotted circulating globally on social media sites like WhatsApp and Instagram. It is a by-product of a short film, so while the video is real, the entire tale you watch is perfectly written and staged, just like in a fictitious movie. Even after the director’s clarification, many people believe the story to be true. Many people have even tried to find the real Teresa Fidalgo in Portugal.
So, the next time someone sends you the same message or a similar one, just ignore it. One could try to reason with the person with some rational and common sense. These stories are full of major loopholes and if one were to rationalize the story it does not make any sense. Hence, it is good to stay informed and not fall for fake stories.
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