Beware Scam That Texts Photo of Boobs and Asks to Meet Up

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“Uh…some random girl just texted me.”

Mary*, 33, and her husband of eight years were sitting at home on a normal Wednesday night, cuddling on the couch watching The Handmaid’s Tale. With her husband’s mouth slightly agape, Mary reached over and read the text from an unfamiliar PA area code:

“Hey, it’s Jen. I’m in Hicksville. Did you still want to meet up tonight?” It was followed by another text message of a woman biting the top of her T-shirt, exposing her perfectly round, perky—but not too perky—breasts. What the fuck?

Mary, understandably, proceeded to freak the fuck out on her husband, accusing him of cheating. He insisted he hadn’t and had no idea who this “Jen” from “Hicksville” was. So before Mary’s marriage almost imploded, she did a quick Google search and found out that this was an internet scam—and something that has affected way more couples than just Mary and her long-term hubby.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on this ploy back in early January, stating that this internet scam was happening in and around the Bay Area, with the person responsible hoping to extort money and/or resources from respondents.


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In a tweet published by user Mark B. Spiegel, he wrote: “There’s a new texting scam going around, and it starts with a picture of breasts,” attached with evidence of the same pair of boobs that came so close to inciting jealousy and insecurity issues with Mary.

“Had I not looked this up, I probably would’ve been more inclined to do some shady shit with my husband—like, I don’t know, check his phone and read his messages, which I would literally never do,” she says. “I often think about how many relationships this has damaged if people didn’t think to google it.”

And it has. In a reddit threat titled “Spam texts with woman exposing boobs,” one user wrote:

“Two nights ago, I got a message from a random number with a woman lifting up her shirt with her teeth and exposing her boobs, saying she was in town for the weekend. I explained she had the wrong number and stopped responding but told my girlfriend about it. Since then, we’ve heard of TWO other friends of friends who have gotten the same photo but with slightly different messages. Wondering if any of you also got that message and wanted to let you know to be aware—and potentially bail out any guys whose wives/girlfriends are wondering why they’re getting sent salacious photos.”

Others responded with things like “I got that too. I have a Northern California number, so it probably isn’t unique to that area,” “I got that same text. I messaged with it for a minute before I figured out it wasn’t automated text,” “Yep, I got the same one. Sent it a GIF of a catfish and it left me alone after that,” and “Got the same text.”

The SFC reported: “Authorities like the Federal Communication Commission say to avoid such scams, do not answer communications from unfamiliar numbers.”

So while we all have a thing for ~drama~ in our relationships, if this familiar-looking black bra gets plastered on your boyf’s phone screen, save the mascara tears for when he eats the last slice of pizza instead of thinking he’s cheating. For once, he’s in the clear, okay?

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