A dangerous prank game aimed at children that instructs them on "how to become a fire fairy" by secretly turning on gas burners on kitchen stoves is being investigated by Russian police.
The sinister scam that is being shared on social media emulates the popular animated series "Winx Club: School of Witches" and targets children, especially young girls, the Daily Mail reports.
Young victims of the scam are told to turn on the gas rings of their stove and to repeat "magical words" so that they can become "fire fairies."
Sofia Ezhova, 5, suffered severe burns after following the prank-game's instructions.
The social media post reads: "At midnight when everybody is asleep, get up from your bed and go around the room three times, then say the magical words: 'Alfey kingdom, sweet little fairies, give me the power, I'm asking you.'
"Then go to the kitchen silently, so no one notices you or the magic of the words will disappear. Switch on the gas stove, all four burners. But do not light it. You don't want to get burns, do you?
"Then go to sleep. The magic gas will come to you, you will breathe it while sleeping and in the morning, when you wake up, say: 'Thank you Alfeya, I've become a fairy.' And you will became a real fairy of fire."
Parents from the Vladimir region of Russia were the ones to first report the prank game to police, Lt. Col. Andrei Tutuev said.
The Russian Investigative Committee, which is the equivalent of the FBI, so far believes the game's creators were looking to spread panic among parents.
Vladimir State Detective Irina Minina stated: "It could be some kind of 'suicide game'. We are searching for those who are spreading these messages."
Online "games" that promote child suicide have been spreading in Russia.
One Russian search engine registered tens of thousands of requests in recent weeks from children on "how to become a fairy."
A mother who has been a victim of the scam said: "I woke up in the night [to] the strong smell of gas. My daughter, 7, had just left the kitchen and went to her room.
"It turned out that she had read in the Internet that to become the fairy of fire you need to go to the kitchen when everyone is asleep and switch on the gas oven.
"If I had not gone to check, our family of eight would not wake up in the morning.
"I talked to her and she promised not to hide her plans from me and tell me everything."
The Russian government recently approved a bill that criminally punishes anyone found to drive others to suicide. Members of Parliament are looking to have the law cover the creators of internet posts that incite suicide or other dangerous activities, RT reports.
"By our bill we for the first time in Russia put a barrier before those who push children to suicide and who organize potentially lethal games, such as 'Fairy', 'Blue Whale' or 'Run or Die', [and] those who promote clinging to moving trains or suicide groups on the internet," expressed Duma deputy speaker Irina Yarovaya in a note attached to the bill.