Cellphone users around the country have for months reported a growing barrage of puzzling text messages from people who appear to have the wrong number. “Hey, what are you doing Monday?” a text might read. Or: “I have something to tell you.” The message could be even simpler: “I’m bored” or “Hello.”
Many people have been conditioned to understand such messages as opening salvos in complicated cons, just as they have with phone calls purporting to be from the IRS or emails regarding wealthy heirs stuck in overseas prisons. Yet the texts continue.