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Verizon Apologizes After Faulty Emergency SMS Spooks Subs

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Dec 13, 2011, 12:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless accidentally sent an emergency alert via SMS to subscribers in several counties in New Jersey. Customers were urged to take shelter and flooded local police stations with phone calls. Verzon said the message was sent in error. "Around noon [on Monday] a test emergency notification text message was sent to customers in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties in New Jersey,โ€™" said Verizon in a statement. "This test message was not clearly identified as a test. We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this message may have caused."

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Dec 13, 2011, 2:23 PM

Oh Damn

Wow verizon really screwed up! It would be great to be out on an afternoon in old coal minin' country and get that message. Being so close to New York, I probably would have panicked, becuase everybody knows that if some place is going to get nuked, it is going to be new york.
Really. A message that states take shelter and everyone freaks out and calls 911. A piece of advice: next time try turning on a radio instead of wasting 911's time. ๐Ÿคจ
**** happens. Get over it! San Francisco routinely conducts city-wide alarm siren tests without any notification and nobody freaks out.
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