A strange phone number creeped into Indian contact lists, and no one knew why

Smartphone users in India were demanding answers after people on Twitter posted screenshots of their phones’ contact lists with a strange number included in it. Users claimed that they didn’t add the contact to their devices, and for much of Friday, no one company or person could explain how it got there in the first place.

The contact, 1-800-300-1947, is an old toll-free number for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), and it’s been showing up in contacts lists originating from Android devices. The same number has showed up on iPhones as well, but only if its owner imported those contacts from an Android device before.

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