Got a spam text from your own phone number? You are not alone

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TL;DR

  • People are reportedly getting spam texts from their own phone numbers.
  • These spam messages are mostly affecting Verizon customers, but users on other carriers have also reported the problem.
  • The spoofed texts show up as bill payment messages promising free gifts.

If you recently got a spam text from your own phone number, you are not alone. The problem is reportedly widespread and affects many customers in the US (h/t The Verge).

The messages appear to be coming from people’s own numbers. Tapping the sender’s details will also show you your own contact information. That’s because these are spoof messages that allow the sender to manipulate contact information.

Reports about spoof texts emerging from people’s own mobile numbers have surged in numbers on Reddit and Twitter over the last few days. The spam seems to be affecting Verizon customers the most, but as The Verge reports, subscribers on other carriers are also seeing similar texts.

The texts usually appear as bill payment alerts offering a free gift. It’s advisable not to click the links within the SMS as it could compromise the security of your device and your personal information. Some folks who ended up opening the links were redirected to Russian websites. Check out an example of the spoof text in the tweet below.

So many technological failures involved in letting someone spam people by spoofing their own number while the phone’s OS thinks that maybe, just maybe, it was actually me texting myself but it can’t be sure. pic.twitter.com/J5rbZ41BB9

Verizon Support has asked customers to forward the spam texts from their own numbers to shortcode 7726. However, those who did that were told by the carrier to block the number. The thing is, most people don’t want to end up blocking their own phone number or reporting it as spam.

Please forward any spam message to short code 7726. If there’re additional inquiries, please Follow/DM us.

-Joey

So what can you do? It seems the only solution, for now, is to report the problem to the FCC. The complaint page allows you to select “my own number is being spoofed” as an issue. You can also call your carrier to understand the problem further and seek a solution. If Verizon or any other carrier puts out an official word on it, we’ll be sure to update the article.

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