AT&T: Rethink What’s Inappropriately Possible

At 6:51 a.m. this morning, I was sleeping soundly when I woke up to my phone buzzing on the night stand beside me.

I reached over and checked the number. It read it was Florida. So I ignored the call and rolled back over.

When a voicemail notification buzzed, I picked up the phone and listened to it. Usually I’d let this slide.

When the VM started, the voice was a young woman telling me if she ever gets an inappropriate text like she did this morning from my phone, she would call the police.

Coffee doesn’t wake me up as effectively.

I jumped out of bed and I called the number straight away. The phone rang several times, and finally the woman picked up. She was upset and immediately said something like, “You better explain yourself.”

I stuttered into the conversation saying, “I know you’re upset and let me explain that I didn’t send you any texts, and I definitely didn’t send you something inappropriate.”

Before we had a chance to determine what had happened, she was more upset that her significant other might “find” a text like that and having to explain it might prove difficult.

After we talked for a few minutes, she explained that the text asked her if she wanted to “fuck” and that she received it about 10 minutes before she called.

When she called my number and heard the outgoing voice message that says it’s a production company, she assumed that it was a porn site.

After a short-ish lengthy conversation with her, in which she explained that she was okay and not to put too much thought into it, I called AT&T.

Well, let me put that a different way. I checked my bill for a number. It told me to go to their website which sent me on a wild goose chase to find a number to call. And when I called, it sent me down the rabbit hole of options before giving me an option to speak with someone directly.

Thank you, AT&T and companies who choose customer service that is nothing short of a pain in the ass.

Veronica the AT&T rep explained that no texts had gone out from my phone since last night at 8:30, which I could verify. She told me to tell my friends and family not to open texts from me with inappropriate content.

“Fine,” I said. “But this wasn’t my friend. It was a stranger.”

So if you get any requests to fuck from my number today, please let me know ASAP. I need to get this straightened out. Fast. I’d rather not change my phone number as it’s kind of like branding.

Thanks in advance.

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6 Responses to AT&T: Rethink What’s Inappropriately Possible

  1. George W. says:

    As a concerned friend, how would I know it was an inappropriate text if I didn’t open it? That makes no sense….

  2. Xina says:

    Could you ask her to forward you the text that she received? Or send you a screencap of it?

  3. Xina says:

    Also, I think it’s weird that she was so upset by this. Certainly I’m not the only person on the planet who has received a spam text or phone call before (inappropriate or otherwise). There are ways to make calls/texts look like they are coming from pretty much any phone number. And for her to be afraid of her significant other finding the text? Very strange…

  4. Jeremy says:

    George, I meant that you shouldn’t click on anything that appears fishy. Like, “To see me in a fucking leotard, click this …”

    Xina, I asked her for the text and she said she deleted it already.

    And if I got a text like that, I’d call the number too.

    I wouldn’t care about Tina seeing it. I would care that someone out there text me something so ridiculous.

    • Xina says:

      If I got 10 texts like that I might call the number. Might. Or at least get Travis to call it. More than likely, though, if I felt I was being harassed I’d just contact my phone company.

  5. Jon Abdon says:

    Crap! Something like that happened to me too!! This time I got a call from some Sheriff asking me if I was abiding in some illegal trading and what not, and the worst part is it was freaking 3am!! AT&T told me to just ignore it, probably a wrong number , I was like yeah, that’s what I though but What the heck?! 3 in the morning?

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