Why People All Over The US & Canada Have Been Receiving Old Texts Out Of Nowhere
By Yimin Huang, 08 Nov 2019
A rather odd incident happened early Thursday morning, when people all over the United States and Canada began receiving random text messages from people they knew.
It was difficult to understand many of those texts as there was no context, and even seemed to be sent from months before, as reported by Gizmodo.
Twitter users quickly shared their experiences online, and their situations seemed to corroborate with each other’s. They all received texts from either friends or family members during late hours, and the messages appeared to be sent either on Valentine’s Day or sometime in February.
For instance, one Twitter user shared that a close friend who had been going through some challenges in life suddenly sent a vague text at 1am, reading, “Come get me!” Subsequent responses were left unanswered, so emergency services were called and the police even went to the friend’s house. The friend then confirmed that she did not send the text.
Other accounts included an announcement from a teacher that school had been canceled, as well as a dismal note from an ex who was deliberating on taking her life.
Gizmodo contacted several major cellular carriers in the US to get to the bottom of the issue. A spokesperson from Sprint gave a detailed explanation, stating that the texts were messages that were “successfully sent” awhile back. Due to a “maintenance update” that affected multiple carriers, some customers had the older texts sent to their phones.
Telecommunications service Syniverse painted a slightly different picture, claiming that a “maintenance cycle” had caused “undelivered text messages” to be resent to users’ devices.
Either way, one can take comfort in the likelihood that the texts were not creepily made up by unknown parties.
Weird story: last night at 1am I got this text from a close friend. This was v out of character for her as she doesn’t drink or party & goes to bed by 9pm each night. She’s grieving the loss of her dad & going thru a break up though, so this text was extra concerning. pic.twitter.com/FTfMigF3CJ— Ginger Meadows (@Gingervitis23) November 7, 2019
if you've received a strange text message from me at 3 a.m. v sorry. apparently it got trapped in a black hole nine months ago#blackholetexts— John D. Harden (@Jdharden) November 7, 2019
We are sorry for the confusion: If anyone received a text message about school being closed tomorrow on Feb. 15 and Feb. 18, PLEASE DISREGARD. We are working on finding the problem in the system. School will be in session tomorrow. Thank you! ~ LHS #lhollingworthschool pic.twitter.com/iUGBYElocW— L. Hollingworth School (@LHSTGToledo) November 7, 2019
I wasn't the only one! https://t.co/qjc3bPKY1v— John D. Harden (@Jdharden) November 7, 2019
[via Gizmodo, cover image via Shutterstock]
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