Here are the SMSs I received out of the blue on a brand-new Vodacom SIM

I recently purchased a new Vodacom contract SIM, which I use for data services on my smartphone.

I did not provide the contact number to anyone, but soon started receiving numerous calls and SMSs from companies.

Many of the calls and SMSs may be a result of the number being recycled, where the previous owner was on contact databases.

The mobile operators have said they provide WASPs with a list of all their recycled numbers for blacklisting and to ensure no subscriptions to their services take place.

However, this system does not seem to function as intended, unless the companies in question get newly-issued mobile numbers through other means.

Vodacom was asked for comment on the issues above, but the company did not respond by the time of publication.

The SMSs which were sent to the new Vodacom SIM are shown below.

From MBD

Your arrear TV License account was handed over to MBD. Please call (011) 560-4765 urgently to make payment arrangements. Acc: 402689012

From Vodacom

Get up to 1GB free data every day with Vodacom Meg Your Day. Explore Facebook Monday, Lifestyle Tuesday, Gaming Wednesday, Instagram Thursday, Music Friday, Sport Saturday and Video Sunday. Download the My Vodacom App to opt in. T&Cs apply. Opt out? SMS MYD to 31118.

From Clientele

Cover up to 13 people on Clientele’s Funeral Plan from R110pm. Pays out in 24hrs. Reply YES for a quote, STOP to opt out. Std Rate. Auth FSP

From Cartrack

Cartrack pays up to R150000 in the event that your car is not recovered. Subscribe NOW from only R99pm. Reply YES for a call back/STOP to opt out. T&Cs apply

Unknown sender

Are your monthly debts more than your salary? We can assist you to reduce your monthly debt payments. SMS HELP & we’ll call you back or Stop to opt out.

From DebtMend

Monthly debt increasing? Pay what U can afford with We offer free assessments + a chance to clear your debts. A: Call Me B: More info 9: Stop

From Metropolitan

Get up to R50 000 Funeral cover from Metropolitan or start from Only R40pm. NO Medical Tests Needed. Reply YES to be called back or STOP to opt out. T&Cs apply.

From Hollard

Hollard Family Funeral Plan from R125pm. Pays up to R75000, ages 18-75, covers up to 22 people. Replay YES=Quote/STOP=Opt out (Std rates/T&C apple) Hollard Auth FSP

Unknown Sender

Please Call Francinah (AD) You have a Private Photo Invite. View here –> (link removed)

From Hippo would like to try help you reduce your monthly car insurance premiums. Multiple quotes in minutes!. Reply Yes=quote. STOP=optout.*Indep Study.FSP16357

From Clientele

Reply YES now for Clientele Legal cover for civil, criminal and labour (CCMA) matters from R140 p/m. STOP to opt out. Std rate. T&C. Auth FSP.

From Hollard

Get up to R10Mill Life Cover from Hollard, plus added benefits. Reply YES for a Quote STOP to opt out (stad rates/T&C apply) Hollard Auth FSP

From Vodacom

Did you know Vodacom offers life cover with 20% cash back after 5 years! Reply YES for a free quote. STOP to opt out. T&C’s apply.

Unknown Sender

Confirm your request for Smartphone S7 and R7/day new SIM R7.00 per day. Reply “Yes” to confirm/”No” to cancel, free SMS

From Alexander Forbes

Get combined Motor & Household cover from Alexander Forbes today! Reply YES to have a professional consultant call you for a Quote, STOP to opt-out. T&C’s apply

From Cell C

Do you qualify for a Samsung smartphone on a Pinnacle contract? Find out NOW! Dial *120*7735# or click (link removed) to find out. STOP=optout

From the DA

Help the DA keep up the pressure to Fire Zuma. Let’s unite to remove him from office. Sign the petition at (link removed) #NoConfidence.

Unknown Sender

Cancer CAN be beaten! Get Affinity Cancer Cover today & secure yourself financially for treatment in the event of cancer diagnosis. A: Quote B:More info 9: Stop

From Truworths

The Truworths Real Sale on selected fashion! Starts tomorrow Wed 29 March @12pm, all stores. If you don’t wish to receive communication reply STOP to OptOut.

From Sanlam

Get a Sanlam retirement plan, from R300pm, that includes an ECHO BONUS. The longer you save the greater your bonus! Reply YES for a quote. STOP to quit. FSP2759

Unknown Sender

Confirm your request for a R6 000 Bonus Upgrade @ R7.00 per day. Reply “Yes” to confirm/”No” to cancel, free SMS.

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Here are the SMSs I received out of the blue on a brand-new Vodacom SIM