The number that sent the text was unknown, but it doesn't stop there. It came from a completely different country! In New Zealand, our country code is +64, but this message came from +44, which is the UK. I have no friends over there that have my mobile phone number. They're all in my Facebook friends and that's how it'll stay (unless I happen to be over there).
Here's the message I received at 12:44pm local time, typed exactly as I read it:
Congrat!Your mobile number was selected as a lucky winner of £1,500,000.00 on UK LOTTERY Draw with Draw number 626404. Email email@example.com for claims
First of all, I never entered any form of lottery recently, and neither have I in my entire lifetime. I may have bought a ticket once or twice from a New Zealand Lotto counter, but that is all. Obvious spam is obvious. Secondly, do they really think I'll fall for this trash?
So, before I added them to my phone's blacklist, I thought I'd have a little fun with it and respond in kind (if kind is the right word to use in this case). I said as follows:
You must think I'm a special kind of stupid by claiming that I entered a lottery which, by the way, doesn't exist. Take my number off your database & bugger off.
To whoever you are that sent me this message, I'm insulted that you'd try to outsmart a comedian. You should know how dangerous that is to your morale. All you'll get out of it is a major kick in the gut.
Everybody else, do not accept any 'offers' from the phone number +447554588716. Show them who's boss instead.