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I keep getting SMS text messages from TikTok several times a week even though I have never used the service. They are in the format:

[#][TikTok] 1234 is your verification code aBcDefGhij1

At first I assumed these were someone accidentally or deliberately giving TikTok my phone number when registering. But if they never got the code, How could they activate the account? So why would they (or others) keep using my number? I read online that it may be a confirmation needed to delete an account. But that implies that TikTok accepted my phone number without verification. And again, if the person didn't get the code, what good did using my phone number do them?

All very dubious.

I remember years ago, at a startup, we had a person complaining that they were getting SMSs from us several times a day. It turned out that we had a test that wasn't properly mocked, it also used a 'fake' number which was actually a real person (should always use 555 numbers in tests). So every time the tests were run, this user would get an SMS similar to what you are getting.

> should always use 555 numbers in tests

...And don't give your test suite access to the real world.

Reminds of me a "spa confirmation" I got to my email a few weeks back from a spa 3,000+ miles from me. We called to clarify and they embarrassingly admitted that they used our email address, assuming it wasn't a legit address. The funny part is my email address is not generic like testguy@gmail.com. It was an amusing call.

This could be a way to get their name out there? And claim it's a bug in their verification system or something if anyone asks.

Could be. I've had emails from other services which were clearly fishing for me to respond to an account registration that was "accidentally" sent to my email address, probably hoping that I'd take on the account or see what the service was and create my own.

Yeah, that has happened to me too. Not sure why my comment has been downvoted.

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