Did You Get A Weird Text From Yourself Yesterday? Here’s What You Need to Know
Did you get a text from yourself that looked super sketchy? You're not alone.
Thousands of Verizon customers have reported getting what appears to be a spam text message from their own phone number. Hopefully, you didn't click the link, but reportedly, the link goes to a Russian TV website.
Here's what the text looked like if you didn't get it:
"Free Msg: Your bill is paid for March. Thanks, here's a little gift for you," the message reads, followed by a random link.
In a Verizon community forum, users raised concerns over the message, questioning how it was that someone was able to duplicate their own number.
Typically when sketchy messages come through, many opt to use the "Report Spammer" function, but many were afraid to with the text being supposedly sent from their own number.
"I don't want to accidentally report myself if that's even possible but I also want it stopped," one user wrote in the forum.
Verizon issued the following statement on the matter:
"Verizon is aware that bad actors are sending spam text messages to some customers which appear to come from the customers' own number. Our team is actively working to block these messages, and we have engaged with U.S. law enforcement to identify and stop the source of this fraudulent activity."
A writer for The Verge said that the link he received took him to Russia's Channel One, a state-sponsored television network. Verizon told him there was no indication that the activity originated from Russia.
It just seems like another case of "Spoofing," which the Federal Communications Commission says is "when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity."
You probably have seen spoofing in the form of those "Extended Vehicle Warranty" calls that come from local numbers.
Obviously, stay safe by not clicking any links that come from any source that isn't one you know and trust. If you do get a weird message from one of those sources, be sure to contact them directly to see if it is legitimate.
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