Yesterday I received a weird message on my iPhone 4, it was a completely black screen with a wide green / standard button at the bottom.

It seemed like a kind of broadcasted message.

The message said something about RSVP.

I've never seen a message like this before, wasn't an email, SMS or iMessage. I did a search on Bluetooth apps to see if I could see this type of thing, but didn't find anything.

I dont know if its related, but a few minutes later I heard a sent message noise.

I can't find the message in texts or email either.

It all feels like I've been hacked into some how.


That's an operator message which gets displayed directly on the screen and doesn't get added to the usual SMS messages. My bank uses them to send me the login PIN for electronic banking whenever I want to log in.

  • Ok, so how did I get a kind of spam message? Also if it's an operator message how does your bank send them? – Jules Nov 26 '11 at 8:05
  • The interface/protocol to send them isn't really secret. And "operator" doesn't mean "mobile company" either... – nohillside Nov 26 '11 at 8:13
  • So whats your best guess about the message I received, who was it from ? – Jules Nov 26 '11 at 9:29
  • If the content doesn't make sense (or "invites" to call an expensive number), it's probably best to just ignore it. If it happens again, you could make a screenshot and raise a complaint with your mobile provider. – nohillside Nov 26 '11 at 9:52

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