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    Teresa Fidalgo Story: The Social Media Ghost And Truth Behind It

    Globalization is a two way sword. Even though it has made it quite easy to access any information in a matter of seconds, it has also enabled the spread of false information online. Internet and social media has many banes as it has boons, as many conspiracy theories are rampant online with no concrete base whatsoever.

    One such story that gained heavy traction on the internet was of Teresa Fidalgo’s ghost. The story first went viral in 2014, when an eerie video of Fidalgo surfaced online. Since then, the video resurfaced with newer additions to the story every couple of years. Several netizens fell prey to the story and forwarded it to others, leading it to spread like wildfire. What is the Teresa Fidalgo story and is it real?

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    Who Is Teresa Fidalgo?

    A scene from the viral video
    A scene from the viral video

    Teresa Fidalgo was a Portuguese lady who died in Sentra, Portugal. According to the lore, the lady died in 1983 due to an accident and her ghost has since been haunting people. A video that claimed to have Fidalgo in it started going viral on social media in 2014.

    As per the story behind the video, a group of friends who were traveling on a deserted road, were approached by a woman who claims to be Teresa Fidalgo and asks for a lift. The group lets her in their car. 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.

    The video got forwarded along with a message stating, “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 it even further.

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    The Truth Behind The Teresa Fidalgo Story

    A scene from the viral video
    A scene from the viral video

    Teresa Fidalgo’s story was later found to be entirely fake. It was revealed that a man named David Rebordão wrote the story, and also developed the footage when he was filming his short film ‘Virus’ in February 2003. He later admitted how the story does not have any basis and is entirely made up.

    But by the time he confessed, the video and the message had circulated globally on social media sites like WhatsApp and Instagram. Since the video is a by-product of a horror short film, it is real. But the tale behind is just 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 have even tried to find the real Teresa Fidalgo in Portugal since.

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    Swarangi Gadekar
    Swarangi Gadekar
    Swarangi Gadekar is a Content Writer at First Curiosity. She likes watching and reading about everything - from a grisly murder to a slice-of-life comedy. You can often find her in a blanket staring at the laptop, shocked at the thrilling ride that a nice thriller can take you on.

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