Furthermore, the messages do not leave any trace that they were sent, leaving phone owners clueless on what just went out of their devices.
Samsung is encouraging those experiencing this issue to call the company directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG. Unfortunately, these updates may have interacted badly with Samsung's Messages app, according to the report. One user said that his Galaxy smartphone sent ALL of his photos to his girlfriend.
His phone showed no record of the photo gallery being transferred to his partner's number, though his provider recorded the action. At least one person claiming to be an AT&T customer also said they were affected.More news: Andres Iniesta confirms retirement from Spain squad after World Cup exit
Another referenced the self-immolation of Note 7s debacle by stating: "Give me a spontaneously exploding phone any day of the week, Samsung, instead of this nightmare scenario". Other Reddit posters have said their wives or other people on their shared family plans have received similar messages from other phones including the Note 8.
It is believed the bug could be due to a new messaging standard called RCS, which is created to make texting look more like a messaging app, complete with read receipts and typing indicators.
Currently, the prevailing theory as to what's causing this bug is a weird interaction between Samsung Messages and recent RCS profile updates that have rolled out on carriers including T-Mobile. Hopefully, this issue gets resolved quickly, because until it does, there's no guarantee of privacy for people using Samsung's default texting app.
Samsung is said to be aware of the complaints, which surfaced last week, and is investigating.