What you cut-and-pasted is not a virus, so no need to worry. It’s simply another example of the problem I reported in this post. The website you visited has the software error and it is in no way a virus or anything you have to worry about. It’s just a really common mistake!
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Just delete the message. It’s possible it was a corrupted part of a real message to you or someone else, or just a fragment of garbage. It’s a fart in the system (a “ripple in the Matrix” if you will) .
Here’s how texting works, simplified - when you send a text message, it reaches your friend similar to how a cell phone call works. The message goes to a base station or some central controller that locates your friend and passes the message along. When your friend’s phone receives the message, it sends an “Ok, I got it” message back to the controller. Then the controller is happy and life goes on.
But sometimes the message gets lost. Maybe your cell phone is off, or the network is too busy. So if the controller doesn’t hear back it will try to resend the message. That’s why sometimes you get the same text message two times in a row.
And the opposite can happen - which is your case.
The info in the text message gets corrupted and the controller doesn’t realize it. Or only parts are received and part of the message is interpreted as the phone number. Parts of the message may be zeros because the controller may think the message is shorter than it is, of that the the beginning of your message is really part of someone else’s. Even though the message has errors, the controller sends it anyway because it doesn’t realize it. And it generally WILL NOT contain the content of a message that belonged to someone else, so don’t worry about that.
And we know if some fields are filled with zeros, we get the magic Dec 31, 1969 date - viola! Just like the text message you saw.
Bottom line - it could have started as a real message and gotten trashed, or it could have just been garbage in the system. It might not even have been for you. Either way, it’s garbage and you can’t reconstruct it, so delete it.
A couple times a year I receive a blank email message dated Dec 31 1969 that has no Sender, no Subject line and no content. This is pretty common. Other times the email is trashed with other dates - a similar problem except the corrupted fields have incorrect, but valid, data like this:
If you still have the message, can you take a picture of it (like with a camera or another cell phone) and send it to me? My email is on my bio page. We can post it here as another example!