In what could have been a arresting plot twist from a blood-tingling time travel flick, Redditors are going bananas over a abstruse SMS text bulletin that appears to have been sent from a distant 2003 – only that it wasn’t.

Reddit user Nihlus89 posted a peculiar screenshot assuming an SMS she accustomed on March 9 this year. But while there’s annihilation alarming about accepting a text, the bulletin was dated September 8, 2003 – almost 14 years ago.

More worryingly, the text independent actually no bulletin and came from the less-than-credible number 19447527996160170309081216. You can see the text in catechism here:


While Redditors rushed to absolve the cabal theories aggressive by popular temporal mindfuck narratives like  and , it bound became axiomatic Nihlus89 wasn’t the only one to have been contacted from the past.

In fact, as fellow Redditor RogerEast explains, hundreds of people – including him – have appear accepting agnate texts from 2003 over the past few months, with complaints dating back as far as October 2016.

While RogerEast brushed off the adventure to a glitch mobile carrier Everything Everywhere suffered last August, it turns out the issue wasn’t carefully bound to EE.

Vodafone subscribers were absorption to Cheep to share their own abashing with the back-dated texts they’ve been receiving. All signs seemed to advance article else is at play.

As addition Redditor going by the appellation Arve clarified, the SMS agreement allows for two altered ways to accept messages: The accepted ‘Text Mode’ and the less frequently active Agreement Data Unit (PDU).

As Developer’s Home puts it:

The SMS blueprint has authentic two modes in which a GSM/GPRS modem or mobile phone can operate. They are called SMS text mode and SMS PDU mode. The mode that a GSM/GPRS modem or mobile phone is operating in determines the syntax of some SMS [Text Mode] commands and the format of the responses alternate after execution.

What’s decidedly arresting is that using PDU makes it accessible to “fake actually everything” about an SMS, including the capacity of the text as well as the sender details. All it takes to pull this off is a little abstruse mojo and a GSM modem to send out the the messages.

As a matter of fact, attackers have long relied on base PDU to accidentally access the accessories of biting victims.

So in case you’ve been accepting cryptic letters from the past or the future, your best course of action is to delete and report them to your mobile carrier – or simply ignore them and move on.

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