A wrong number text is probably not the most exciting thing to have your phone light up for. Sometimes it’s something from a service provider you never signed up for, other times it’s someone from Craigslist wanting to buy a toaster you have no clue about.

Other times, wrong texts get pretty darn weird. Like, when someone gives a fake number at a bar and it happens to be yours, or… You see the scenarios may go in endless directions. But this time, we’re not really diving into the reasons why wrong texts are a thing, because life makes little sense and we just have to accept it, but we’re looking at the most hilarious, painfully awkward, honestly amusing, and wholesome cases.

So let’s get your diving suit ready because we will take you on a ride to the countless inboxes where “Wassup” was the start of the entertainment that followed. Psst! More hilarious wrong number texts can be found in our previous posts here and here.

#1

Sorry, Wrong Number.... Anyone?

Sorry, Wrong Number.... Anyone?

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You Won't Believe The "Wrong Number" Text I Got This Morning

You Won't Believe The "Wrong Number" Text I Got This Morning

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#3

New Job; Wrong Number; Bonding Experience

New Job; Wrong Number; Bonding Experience

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Although scrolling through texts from an unknown number is pretty fun, receiving one may be really dangerous. If you have never heard of smishing (or the ‘SMS phishing’), pull your seat closer. It’s a fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers. It’s basically a cybersecurity attack carried out over mobile text messaging, so it’s far from innocent.

In order to find out more about what to do if you receive a text from an unknown number, we reached out to Daniel Markuson, a cybersecurity expert at NordVPN who shared some very useful insights and tips. First off, if you ever receive a text message from an unknown number, Daniel warns not to reply to it if you’re not sure if it’s legit. “Ignore it, even if it asks you to reply to prevent further messages. When you respond, you indicate to scammers that you have an active phone number. You will then likely receive a follow-up message.”

#4

Yeah!!!!! I Got A House You Can Sell!

Yeah!!!!! I Got A House You Can Sell!

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#5

My Favorite Thanksgiving Text Ever

My Favorite Thanksgiving Text Ever

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Ahimsa Santhosh
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The reply could not have been better…how dare lee commit such a crime

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#6

Sir, Do You Know How Wrong Numbers Work

Sir, Do You Know How Wrong Numbers Work

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Mohsie Supposie
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So should it actually be called "wrong person" rather than "wrong number"?

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Another tip from Daniel is always to use common sense. “Do not click on any links. Do not transfer money or enter your personal data. Don’t download any apps from links in text messages,” he said. Sometimes, however, you may not be entirely sure if the message from an unknown number is safe or not. “When it is not possible to be 100% sure if the message is safe using common sense, I recommend just ignoring it,” Daniel said.

There are also some red flags to look for in a smishing text. Urgency is one. “Smishing messages will prompt you to act quickly. They want you to act before you have time to think or generate doubt about the message’s legitimacy.” Secondly, if it contains sensitive requests, the chances it’s a smishing message are really high. “Most legitimate companies take pains to clarify that they will never ask you for your password or credit card info in a message. However, hackers may send you to a false link to enter your personal or credit card data, transfer money, or log in to an account,” Daniel explained.

#8

Good Work, Stranger

Good Work, Stranger

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Caro Caro
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can cats text now? I hope so 'cause otherwise people are pooping in other people's yard and that ain't good news.

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#9

They Just Sent Me ‘Ok’ After This I’m Crying

They Just Sent Me ‘Ok’ After This I’m Crying

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Odd phone numbers are also a red flag. “If you notice an odd number (e.g., '5000' or similar), that can be another warning. It is usually an indication of an email sent as a text message. Cybercriminals like this technique, but legitimate senders could use it as well.” A message that has a link is also best ignored. “The message may include an odd or shortened link that looks legitimate but isn’t,” Daniel said. Other flags include grammar mistakes and unbelievable offers. If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t!

#10

Couldn't Resist Even Though It's Spam

Couldn't Resist Even Though It's Spam

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#11

Got A Wrong Number Text From A Drug Dealer Today

Got A Wrong Number Text From A Drug Dealer Today

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Ahimsa Santhosh
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slightly disturbing topic but you both handled it very well

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#12

Kinda Want To Go Fishing Now.

Kinda Want To Go Fishing Now.

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They saved the number as "The Fisherman"!

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When asked how harmful opening or pressing a link in an unknown text message really is, the cybersecurity expert said that “clicking harmful links can lead to malware being downloaded, which in turn can affect applications on your smartphone and help hackers snoop on you.”

Daniel added: “Other links can ask you to fill in a form with your personal information, which legitimate companies would never ask for. That information (like personal or credit card data or your address) can later be used against you by the cybercriminal.”

It turns out that usually, criminals try to guess numbers randomly, Daniel said and added that “there is not a lot a person can do. However, it is necessary to be cautious when you receive messages to avoid being affected by a smishing attack (SMS phishing),” he concluded.

#13

Should I Tell Him I'm Only 14

Should I Tell Him I'm Only 14

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#14

Could He Be Bringing Chili

Could He Be Bringing Chili

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JoyfulZebra
Community Member
10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rumor says they're bringing chili to this day

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#15

I Was Having A Bad Day, But "Aunt Sue" Here Made Me Smile

I Was Having A Bad Day, But "Aunt Sue" Here Made Me Smile

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Caro Caro
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See, aunties can make your day even without knowing who you are :D

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#16

Why Would I Wastehis Time?!

Why Would I Wastehis Time?!

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#17

Received The Scariest Wrong Number Text I've Ever Gotten Yesterday Morning

Received The Scariest Wrong Number Text I've Ever Gotten Yesterday Morning

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#18

My Name Isn’t Joseph...

My Name Isn’t Joseph...

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#20

A Thousand Ways To Say I'm Not Travis.

A Thousand Ways To Say I'm Not Travis.

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#21

She’s So Dry

She’s So Dry

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#23

Oh Happy Days

Oh Happy Days

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Wang Zhuang
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great, now the Happy Days theme song is in my head lol

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#24

I’m So Glad My Boyfriend Told Me To Ask If They Could Talk

I’m So Glad My Boyfriend Told Me To Ask If They Could Talk

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#25

Random Lady Wishes ‘Horrible Things’ On My Mom

Random Lady Wishes ‘Horrible Things’ On My Mom

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troufaki13
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people can't admit it when they're wrong... sheesh

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#26

My Name Is Linda Now

My Name Is Linda Now

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Kat O.
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gee, I wonder why the mother has custody? /s Dad sounds terrifying.

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#28

*what, You Don't Want To Get To Know The Wrong Number? But I Just Wanna Get To Know You, Babe!*

*what, You Don't Want To Get To Know The Wrong Number? But I Just Wanna Get To Know You, Babe!*

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#29

Uhh... Happy Holidays?

Uhh... Happy Holidays?

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#30

A Parent Sent Me This, This Morning. I’m A Little Upset It Was An Accident...i Love Monopoly

A Parent Sent Me This, This Morning. I’m A Little Upset It Was An Accident...i Love Monopoly

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