More than 100 people have complained to the Home Office after they were wrongly sent text messages accusing them of being illegal immigrants and telling them "to leave the UK", The Independent reported.
A Freedom of Information request submitted by anti-racism campaigner Suresh Grover - who also received the message - shows 39,100 individuals have been contacted in this way.
Of those, 103 have complained to the Home Office and 95 complained to Capita, the private contractor that issued the texts.
More top news
How to find out which machines are affected and what to do if yours is one of them.
The wintry theme continues.
Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in Athens ahead of a farmers protest against pension cuts.