A suspected hacker was trying to get the user to input those numbers (2412958) in their address book. And user knows that the numbers are weird.
Can URLs be shortened in texts like that?
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What you see is a SMS Short code.
Although IP address can be converted to decimal, the phone SMS application will not see it as an URL because "http" prefix is missing.
A smartphone SMS message box application usually does the following data highlights and link (parsing) for user conveniences.
Since every country SMS short code and long code length are vary, it is easier for developer simply parse a 5~8 digits number as short code. Although this is a bad idea when many services start sending Multi-factor authentication number to SMS.
A rogue SMS scammer can bait the user by asking them to reply to the short code with a blank response. When the gullible user response to it, the message will subscribe the user phone with a useless push message, which will charge the user $2~$10 from time to time (weekly/fortnight/month). Such fraud/abuse is done using a method called Reverse SMS billing.
Yes phishing links can be converted to numbers or any text with random characters.
But in your case the decimal number is not a phishing link. The number
2412958 when converted , translates to
IP 0.36.209.158. This IP is part of
IANA Special Use reserved IP address pool , i.e, this IP pool is maintained by
IANA and will not be used to host phishing sites.
But there is still a chance that the decimal may have
embedded hyperlink in it and when clicked on it , may open or redirect to a phishing link. You may see if it redirects to hyperlink, by hovering your mouse over it. The link will be present on the bottom left of your browser.