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Windows 7: Receiving odd texts, what should I do?

14 May 2014   #1
Lava King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Receiving odd texts, what should I do?

Hi all,

Yesterday at a little before 5pm I received a multimedia text from an unknown person. The odd thing is that it lists two recipients instead of the originating number. The pictures are of a room being remodeled and the text is just a dull commentary on that.

Today, at a little after 4 pm I received another text, but this time the header shows 8 recipients. None of the phone numbers are in my address book but they are all local mobile numbers. This photo shows an older woman sitting in an easy chair and the text says the person wants to dress mama in painter's clothing so she'll help.

So, should I respond and ask who this person is, or should I just remain quiet?

Is it an honest mistake or is it some kind of phishing attempt looking for working phone numbers?
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14 May 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Ignore it. I've been getting calls lately from someone who wants to fix my PC. LMFAO

The same person then called a few weeks later with a new number (same voice) asking about fixing something else. I told him if he wanted me to fall for the same scam as he tried to pull on me with fixing my PC. He hung up and stopped calling.
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15 May 2014   #3
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

You can never be too safe. I mean, look at my sig. Just ignore it unless it gets obnoxious, Gator, when i get calls from a unknown number, I just completly ignore it. I did once get scared from a scam voicemail about the IRS.
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16 May 2014   #4
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

If you have android, you can blacklist the number and you won't get anything from it.
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16 May 2014   #5
Lava King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
If you have android, you can blacklist the number and you won't get anything from it.

In the first message, there are two phone numbers; in the second there are 8 phone numbers. I don't know which one is the original sender.

I haven't received any more, if I do, I'll go to Verizon and see what they say. They'll probably just try to sell me a new phone.
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16 May 2014   #6
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Yeah most companies try to squeeze as much money as they can from you.
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17 May 2014   #7
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If Mama was cute...

A Guy
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17 May 2014   #8
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lava King View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
If you have android, you can blacklist the number and you won't get anything from it.

In the first message, there are two phone numbers; in the second there are 8 phone numbers. I don't know which one is the original sender.

I haven't received any more, if I do, I'll go to Verizon and see what they say. They'll probably just try to sell me a new phone.

Here's an odd one for you. The power of suggestion?

I looked at your thread earlier in the day yesterday, but didn't reply, then about 9:30pm edt last night I received a phone call over our land line from the Bahamas (242)-325-3405 we have caller ID. Knowing of the Bahamian phone scam I thought I'd just let it ring and see what happened, but after 2 rings it stopped.

Here's something you can do with Verizon (Vz) see post #2:
How do you report a Verizon wireless customer who is sending spam text messages?
This is how a Vz customer describes the above instructions in layman's terms: Post #10 | by tbtidmarsh

Lifehacker link with the Big 4 phone carriers, the Vz link will send you to the first link above; Post #2:
Forward Spam Text Messages to 7726 to Report Them

The original Bahamian phone scam: snopes.com: 809 Area Code Scam
The variation. Here it describes how they play on a persons curiosity, it could be the reason my call lasted only two rings: PSA: Missed Call From A Mystery Number? Be Careful. | TechCrunch

More:
How to Protect Yourself from Premium SMS Text Message Scams

We are on the Do Not Call registry but as you can see it doesn't stop all calls, but I can complain about this one. If you would like to sign-up if you're not already on, go here: https://www.donotcall.gov/
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