Text RBG to 50409: Scam or Not?
We’ve been receiving hundreds of messages today about a potential “Text RBG to 50409” scam. This trending hashtag on social media encourages people to submit the message via Resistbot, which automatically converts the text messages to letters for the elected U.S. officials. RGB comes from the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who just passed away at 87 from pancreatic cancer.
The “Text RBG to 50409” campaign is a follow-up movement of Ginsburg’s death. It is promoted especially on Twitter and Facebook with phrases such as “Texting is easy, and it will send letters on your behalf to your senators and sign a petition to not allow a new Justice until after the inauguration.”
The Resistbot automated letters look like the one shown in the screenshot below, with the submitters’ signatures as constituents:
Texting to 50409 Has a Precedent
We’re leaving the politics out of this. Many readers are asking if the Text RGB to 50409 is a scam. We can confirm here that it is not – the movement is a real thing. Texting “RBG” to 50409 engages Resistbot and generates a letter of support sent to a user’s political representatives.
This type of trending social engagement first started in April, when the same format was used to support the USPS (United States Postal Office), which was just about to be shut down.
Back then, the message that was sent around was “Text USPS to 50409”. The campaign was successful, as confirmed by Jason Putorti, the Executive Director of Resistbot. Putorti claimed the platform sent more than 4 million letters to senators like Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and many local representatives.
What is Resistbot?
Resistbot is a volunteer group that, as mentioned, sends your letters to elected officials. Once the user engages in such a support campaign, Resistbot asks for its name and address. It then attaches that person’s name to the letter and sends out three copies: two to their U.S. Senators and one to their local U.S. Representative.
This is what is happening right now with the “Text RBG to 50409” movement. The message is trending on Twitter, as many celebrities not only invite the users to make a difference but also use the hashtag to promote the campaign. You can rest assured that we will see many Resistbot similar acts from now on, whether the topics will be about politics, sports, or economy.
We are looking forward to seeing where this will go. We will keep you updated with the stats of the “Text RBG to 50409” campaign. Meanwhile, be aware of these text message scams.
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