A US joker found himself running foul of his friends and the FBI when he registered his mobile phone caller ID under the name Osama bin Laden.
The man identified by the Feds as 'Bill', from Spokane in Washington, contacted his mobile phone operator which processed the paperwork without question.
An FBI spokesman said that it received complaints from Bill's friends when the bin Laden name flashed up on their caller ID machines.
Just in case the terrorist had somehow moved to Washington they tracked the number to Bill and paid him a visit.
While it is not illegal to pretend to be a mass murderer, the FBI agents impressed on Bill that the joke was in poor taste.
Bill said that all he was trying to do was have a laugh and "add levity to the serious situation" created by bin Laden and his cronies.
He added that the phone company is in the process of taking the name off his phone at his request after he had received the same lecture from some of his friends.
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