TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Verizon has issued an apology after sending out an alarming text message to New Jersey residents.

State police said the bogus text urging people to “take shelter before 1:24 p.m.” was sent out at 12:26 p.m. Monday to residents in Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Ocean counties.

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the message was marked as an “extreme alert” stating there was a “civil emergency” in the area.

“We did see quite a spike in 911 calls going into our sheriff’s office communication center,” Golden told 1010 WINS.

Verizon said the alert was supposed to say “test message.” Residents have been told to ignore the alert.

“This test message was not clearly identified as a test,” the company said in a statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this message may have caused.”

Homeland Security immediately put out word on Twitter that there was no civil emergency.

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Comments (27)
  1. sheena says:

    Thanks Tom! i gave myself a pat on the back for that one. 🙂

  2. Joe says:

    Verizon should Apologize to it’s workers for treating them like crap after they earned billions in profits for them installing FIOS.

  3. jerseyjoey says:

    Verizon sucks, boycott the arogant pigs they are and save your money.

  4. dkp says:

    I don’t reside in NJ, but was visiting when in the middle of texting I received the message while in Monmouth county today.

  5. len says:

    this folks, is what you call a ‘test run.’ you think only stalin was capable of a false flag?

  6. Johh Galt says:

    A failed test message, or trial balloons by the current gestapo administration? Hopefully they’re lead balloons.

  7. Mary Tyler Moore says:

    Some mistake. What a crock. You know how much effort it takes to get the Verizon server to send this? I smell shenanigans.

  8. Tom Menino says:

    Expect a non-test version of this somewhere around mid-November 2012 when Obama and the Liberal Fascist machine realize he is not going to win. Much more effective than putting baseball-bat wielding Black Panthers in the doorways of polling stations like he did in 2008.

    1. jerseyjoey says:

      What the hell is a liberal Fascist, lol Well never the less both liberals and fascist are running our Country now, the liberals are in the White House and the fascists are the Corporations.

  9. Jofus says:

    Orson Welles is alive and well and works for Verizon!

    1. Marion Mills says:

      That’s funny! 8)

    2. chuck says:

      I thought Welles’ War of the Worlds, too. Why is it always New Jersey?

  10. Regrettable Votes says:

    Why didn’t Verizon send this alert prior to the 2nd Tuesday in November of 2008?

  11. Mark Langley says:

    There are no accidents like this. Testing reactions no doubt.

  12. hazel Burke says:

    Another small dry run. Oh and the Senate today is debating the internet kill switch.

  13. joe says:

    just a test to get us ready for the civil unrest and martial law the will be ordered right before the elections next year. All part of the plan!

  14. Jim says:

    what kind of loser follows tweats from DHS? I mean, I’ve friended them on facebook and they are on my linkedin and I guess I subscribe to there youtube channel and all, but there has to be a limit to number of retarded social media areas I need to follow to find out how much duct tape I need to buy and what level of extremely high alert the nation is currently on. Bad enough I have to watch the see something say something adds where the white guy is the taxi bomber. How insane is that…the only place I’ve seen a white guy drive a taxi is in Europe.

    1. Steven says:

      what kind of loser friends DHS on facebook and linkedin and subscribes to DHS youtube channel and all.

      1. Brett says:


        A sarcastic one, genius.

        1. Kevin Sorrels says:


  15. Midge Masters says:

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” ~ H. L. Mencken

  16. Big Bear says:

    If I had got this, I would have ignored it. The only texts Verizon sends are ads.

    Ad = lie.

  17. Skip Fanning says:


  18. rlkhj says:

    Very bad corporation.

  19. Chippy55 says:

    Those idiots at Verizon called me 15 times before I had FIOS installed, sometimes 3 times a day, to tell me that FIOS was coming. Duh. Then they sent me a bill 5 months after I paid it, then sent a bill collecttor, and it turns out they were wrong due to THEM changing my account numberfrom phone service to FIOS. I sent 6 lbs of junk mail back to them, they never stop sending it, even when you have FIOS. Screw Verizon.

  20. sheena says:

    Damn you autocorrect!

    1. Tom Menino says:

      LOL. Very nice sheena.

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