588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
fzshcg01
Enthusiast - Level 2

588 area code number sends message to others in an existing group text message mixed with iPhone & Android users that my phone (iPhone) number has left the group and provides a link to start a new group Text. Also provides a link to add the 588 number to your contacts!? I did not initiate this and did not see this action on my phone. I have run thru the Clone phone check out with good results. Why is this happening?  

JS
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Re: 588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
EC_VZW
Community Manager
Community Manager

There is no need for concern with receiving any messages regarding the 588 area code. Verizon is currently in the process of sunsetting the Message+ application.

As a result, while we do system maintenance before the shutdown of Message+, other participants in your group texts may see messages with a 588 area code stating that your number has “left the group”.

Sorry for any alarm this may have caused, but rest assured, it is of no concern. For additional information, please see our FAQs.

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DEH3
Enthusiast - Level 1

Hello- people in my contacts are receiving a text message telling them that my cell # has “left the group” . Then that message is followed by multiple V- cards with sequential 588 area code numbers.  Is this still Verizon’s way of “flagging” someone who doesn’t use Message+?  I am not a new Verizon customer.

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588 area code sends message to others that MY phone number has "left the group" - why is this happening and is it a security risk?
S2S
Enthusiast - Level 1

others receive message my phone number has left the group chat

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janm1959
Enthusiast - Level 1

I have same thing going on, now many of my contacts cannot text me or I them? Looking for help on this as well

Re: 588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

Thank you for reaching out to us fzshcg01. What messaging application are you using? Are you experiencing issues with any of your other messages or is it just the group message?  

~Ivone

Re: 588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
fzshcg01
Enthusiast - Level 2

I'm using the  standard Apple "Messages" Social Networking application on my iPhone. This is happening to two existing text groups, at least that is what I have been alerted to. Both are not new text groups and contain a mixture of iPhones and Android devices. 

 

Thank you for reaching out to us fzshcg01. What messaging application are you using? Are you experiencing issues with any of your other messages or is it just the group message?  

~Ivone

JS
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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep
@fzshcg01  wrote: I'm using the  standard Apple "Messages" Social Networking applicati on on my iPhone. This is happening to two existing text groups, at least that is what I have been alerted to. Both are not new text groups and contain a mixture of iPhones and Android devices. 

Thank you for sharing those details with us today. That is indeed strange behavior, and I would share your same concern if I were having the same trouble with my iPhone in a group message. We would like to help gather some more details. When did this issue first start happening? What, if anything, changed with your device/service/etc. before this issue first started?

-Joseph

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Re: 588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
fzshcg01
Enthusiast - Level 2

I was notified that I began this morning around 0800am PST. I have not added or changed anything on my phone and it is currently running iOS 17.3.1

JS
Re: 588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
two_moms
Enthusiast - Level 1

This happened with people I know today, too. My wife received two text from two different 588 area codes stating my number had left a group. A friend of mine received similar texts from two different 588 area code numbers saying my number left a group. And at least two other friends received similar messages as well. 

Re: 588 area code sends message to others in a group chat that MY cell number has left the group
vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

Thanks for the update. Do you know what number the message is coming from? As far as the group chats, have you selected the option to leave either of the chats?

-Lauren