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(AnBpL---MgHt) Google is verifying the phone# of this device as part of setup. Learn more: https://goo.gl/LHCS9W

I have put "---" to hide the numbers 
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I never wanted any verification code at all, so why this verification in the first place?
This had happened to me in March on this device but with my other sim card, but the text was not sent as I didnt have enough credit on my phone. 

This happened on this Monday too with the Sim card for which the question was posted again it failed to send due to above reason so I dint bother 

But today it was successfully sent to the unknown number, what's happening I was even charged the SMS cost. Pls help
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The Help center article - Verify your Android phone's number describes this action. "For your security, we'll re-verify from time to time to make sure that your phone's number is still yours. When we re-verify, you might get text messages from Google or see outgoing texts to Google. The message could say something like, "Google is verifying the phone number of this device."" Under the section "Change how your phone's number gets verified" now lists how to address this issue. Please post here if performing the steps mentioned therein doesn't resolve your issue. 
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"When we re-verify, you might get text messages from Google or see outgoing texts to Google."

That's the problem, the outgoing texts are not going to Google, it's going to some random Indian numbers starting +91xxxxxxxxxx. Google numbers never look like that, also that number is listed as spam/fraud at truecaller. That's what getting me worried, my email phone number being controlled by some potential scamster. Please help!
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BRO.  I AM BUY 400₹ READOM CODE THEN GOOGLE TEAM WAS SEND READOM CODE TO ME BUT THAT CODE DOESN'T WORK WHICH PROBLEM CAN YOU SUGGESTS ME???
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 I also experienced same thing like this my phone number send like this to different phone numbers one of the number is 8828837365

(JalbvIHtVVGz) Google is verifying the phone# of this device as part of setup. Learn more: https://goo.gl/LHCS9W
 
I want to know whether it was verified by Google?
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same brother my phone today 56 minutes ago auto send this message
(............... ) Google is re-verifying the phone# of this device. Learn more: https://goo.gl/(---------+++++) on mobile no 88288----2
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Any one who says TRUST ME is more then likely full of shit i dont respond nor do i reply... if i need something done i go and have my phone provider fix it or do it that way my shit dont get hacked fuck the spam and rag heads trying to get my shit
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It is alright if you choose to not trust me. But you can at least trust the badge attached to my profile. :)
 
@Everyone:
 
The issue has already been brought to Google's attention, and per the last update received from them, the team is looking into this issue. The moment I receive a fresh update from the team, I shall be sure to post it here.
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Can't understand why why why why why why why is this happening I've been here alone for over a year and it can't be me ok what in the world is going on from my house or home that I should be afraid of what?please let me know my friend at the#I'm calling from get back to me soon thanks T
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I've the same issue, It's ok for incoming messages but outgoing message looks suspicious , In my case the message is sent to 8828837358 which doesn't look legit (Spam in truecaller )
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Same happened to me
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I also experienced the same 
today morning 4:30AM 
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 I have a another sim which is never used to make gamil account. Then why it's send a verification code to unknown random numbers. I checked that number on Truecaller. all sim operators is idea
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Hi, I faced same issue, thanks you helped me!!

For more information regarding this visit:

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Same issu with me 
(M0hxSkGhu) Google is verifying the phone# of this device as part of setup. Learn more: https://goo.gl/LHCS9W
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Same issue for me
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Same auto sending of messages by google... how can even if its google send information without my knowledge that too an outgoing message.... so, even they may hack my banks info... or send message to transfer my funds... this is also possible i guess if anything goes wrong i blame google....!!!
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Same happened to me.. and the outgoing phone number is same. I dont have enough credit that why the message was not deliverd. I had checked the no on true caller it is registered as spam
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omg same is happening to me. And moreover everytime I am getting this msg, balance is also getting deducted. HELP
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I just noticed that same thing happened with me and 4.5k people have reported spam to that specific number. Would really appreciate if Google could clarify this doubt.
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I am also facing the same issue regarding the verification code sent to any random number. verification sent to any random number not only once its more than 2 0r 3 times. Google needs to see this issue and need to get back with a proper solution. Here is the number on which verification code sent from my phone 

8828837364
7527059800
7527024778
8828837365
8828837363
8828837367
8828837360
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I'm told to obtain the following information by the team:

1. Phone Type.
2. Operating System version on the phone.
3. Country originated from. ( I take it that it I mostly India)
4. Name of the Phone Carrier (Cellular service provider).
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Phone type: android smartphone
Operating system: android 8.0
Sim type: airtel, jio
Country: india, west bengal
Incoming from:56161179
Message:
Google is verifying phone# of this device. d3--XILC Learn more: https://goo.gl/LHCS9W
Outgoing:07527059806,08828837359,08828837366
Messages:
(v0uWAq--gZ3X) Google is re-verifying the phone# of this device. Learn more: https://goo.gl/LHCS9W.
Plz help
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Yeah, no offense Somnath, but this totally looks like spam. I went through the steps it gives to reverify by other means and can't find them. I've had Google account for years and have never gotten this message.
So, I'm not responding to it, especially now I see some others saying it goes back to a random number. The wording of "allows your phone to send texts out" is off-putting. I realize Google does that when you first verify, it sends one text back to Google code #. But the statement above makes it seem open ended. I'm not answering it.
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What google is doing? If all things are good & right then why any authorized person not giving a solution or authenticate reply to this issue.
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I agree with you, Kirsten. 100%. This process of verification is worrisome for the users, not to mention any costs that one may incur because of this. The fact that the verification text goes out to a regular number and not a fixed one which people can identify as Google's is yet another issue of concern. 

As for the number being flagged as spam or something similar, it happens because many users tend to mark it as such in the various Yellow page listings from which the details are shared and displayed. 

From my interactions with the team, it was informed that a fix was in place. But this recurrence would require the team to know about these information to look into this issue and fix this. If you have concerns over sharing any of those asked details, please let me know so I can pass the same on to or raise it with the team at Google.
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Phone android smartphone 
Andriod version 9
West bengal, india
Cellular provider airtel.
I have received message on the number which was added with my google account but a while ago i had the removed number and added another phone number.. instead of getting any message no my current number i received message on my previous number.. 
The message was not delivered as i didn't have sufficient balance in my account
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BEWARE ! Google would not send as goo.gl ! Period ! Its a SCAM dont click or 'verify' as the link is Bogus .. ! BEWARE !  AVOID !
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Same happened to me... Actually month back I got some hackers call about winning some lottery... nd was asking me bank details...
I told him to keep that in your own Ass..ND then I screwed him ..ND he got offended..
It might be possible now he is trying to hack my phone...
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Same is happening with me as well...
Outgoing message to 08828837362
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I have just had this as a text message'
(majR47IUWrEW)Google is verifying the phone#of this device as part of setup.Learn more ;https://goo.gl/LHCS9W
Is this some sort of scam as seems to be suggested?
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I'm really not loving that I woke up with the message sent FROM my phone. I didn't click the link but this seems super not right especially since it's not even a real Google address? Should I be concerned? Feels concerning. Pixel 3, GoogleFi network, in the US.
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So did I, that's how I got here. I've got a samsung 9. Something weird happen while I was using it last night as well. It was kinda of like it flicked through all the open tabs then went back to normal.
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Steve Butler 3826

Is this some sort of scam as seems to be suggested?

-- This is not a scam, but a verification process explained here: https://support.google.com/android/answer/7521240. It is somewhat unusual, already escalated to Google and from the received updates, the team is looking into this issue.


I'm really not loving that I woke up with the message sent FROM my phone. I didn't click the link but this seems super not right especially since it's not even a real Google address? Should I be concerned? Feels concerning.

-- Can you include the link contained in the message so we can take a look at it? Ideally, it should direct you to the page referred by the link to the Google Help Center article I have included above.

As a fellow user, I understand and share your concerns and do not blame you for the doubts and questions that you have.

As I am requesting others to include some non-personal details to provide the team at Google, can both of  you please include the following details:

1. Phone Type.
2. Operating System version on the phone.
3. Country originated from.
4. Name of the Phone Carrier (Cellular service provider).
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Well... this is pointless...

If my phone number gets assigned to someone else they suddenly have access to my google account through the verification code sent to them rather than me at my new number.

Yep, smart.
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If my phone number gets assigned to someone else they suddenly have access to my google account through the verification code sent to them rather than me at my new number.

-- When any of the details change, it will also impact this process. Assuming you change your number and it gets reassigned to someone else, your account will then have a different number listed, and that will be the number which will get verified. Similarly, the person receiving your previous number will set it up for his account, on his device; so that number will then be verified in the context of his account.

To further elaborate, even with a change of number, the other person needs to be in knowledge of your username, password, and need to go through the basic account security flow that the system initiates whenever it sees access attempted from a new device or location.

I hope this helps.
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i algo faced same problem today morning three time a message is sent to verify device to the number:
+918828837367
+917527024778

when both of tries failed then i got a message same link mentioned from 56161179.


My Device: Samsung A605
Sim Operator: Jio
Country: India
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@Jaikishan Choudhary

Thank you. I have included your details as asked for by the team.
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Same sms sent from my phone today. What to do?
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@Devesh Rastogi

This is for Google to resolve, I'm afraid. Without the team at Google informing us about a fix, we can't offer you steps to resolve or work around this issue.

Please include the following details so that I can add your details to the list.

1. Phone Type.
2. Operating System version on the phone.
3. Country originated from.
4. Name of the Phone Carrier (Cellular service provider).
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Same happened for me today, why would google need what sim is used on ones mobile? Is it some scam. Please confirm.
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Same happened to me, sim balance got deducted and the number is some random number. Google pls have a look
Phone model- poco f1
Sim- vodafone
Random no. - 8828837363
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@aditi jain

I have added your details to the list as asked for by the team.
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The same happened to me too... why it is sending text from the number which is not associated with any google account??????????

1. Redmi Note 5 Pro
2. Android version 9
3. India
4. Jio, Airtel
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This thing happening with all over the country (India ). Automatically sends sms through our mobile no.s.
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My phone just sent an SMS... What's going on?? How could send an SMS automatically without any permissions?? Which app is sending sms.. really scared.. Google please pitch in... resolve the Mistry
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Same dude same. 
Just now my phone sent a msg to this no. 8828837358. Dude that has got me worried. Are you sure? It's not something bad?
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@maharshi gadadasu

Thank you for the details. I am going to pass them over to the list for the team.

Was the number previously associated with your Google Account? Have you checked under the following places?

This does seem to be happening to users in India.


No app can do things without the necessary permissions. The SMS are being sent out in accordance with what is mentioned here: https://support.google.com/android/answer/7521240. There is nothing scary about the process. However, as this is a somewhat odd verification process, Google is presently taking a look at it.


If this was a scam act, would it be listed in such elaborate detail in the Google Help article? Let me reassure you that this is not something bad. Just an odd re-verification process that is presently getting looked at.

@Bhavasri S and others concerned:

Go through the suggestions listed under "Change how your phone's number gets verified" in this help article: https://support.google.com/android/answer/7521240 and check if it allows you options to prevent this verification. If not, kindly respond back with the following details so I may add them to the list for the team at Google.

1. Phone Type.
2. Operating System version on the phone.
3. Country originated from.
4. Name of the Phone Carrier (Cellular service provider).
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1. Phone Type. Samsung J7 Max
2. Operating System version on the phone - Android 8.1
3. Country originated from. Maharashtra ( India )
4. Name of the Phone Carrier (Cellular service provider) - Idea & Airtel ( Both nos connected to google account )
and my question is - how or why automated sms send from my nos. whats the reason !!
I checked my google account for any suspicious activity but no any activity detected.
I search about this sms and results - this both nos 8828837359 / 8828837364 are common. (Owners?? of those nos.??)

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This would not be the first time an awkward and exceptionally easily spoofed mechanism was used to fool people into accepting malice as automation.
Here is *this* scenario from a couple years ago.

Yes, there would be a long official looking thread reassuring people everything is OK, right up until the discovery that it wasn't. Yes, people with "Badges" of discussion board merit will recite licence agreements in absence of confirmation or contestation or any real useful information from the company for whom they do not work.

Confirming the mechanism is in use is useless, we already knew that.
Confirmation that these cases ~are or are not~ driven by the appropriate source would put many minds to rest.

Can we get a direct answer to "Google, did you play SMS tag with me at 2:30 AM last night? Or was that a bad guy?"

Caviat Emptor
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@igor pote

Whether Googlers would like to contribute anything in response to your question is their prerogative but I believe we have long established the fact that the text messages, matching the contents reported by users in this thread,  were sent out by Google.
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मै कया करू आप मेरी हेल्प करो  कोन है जो मेरा अकाउंट हैक कर रहा है
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@Rakesh Manhas

Koi appka account hack nahin kar raha hai. Yeh texts Google ki taraf se ek anokha verification process hai jo ki woh abhi investigate kar rahe hain.
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https://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/password-recovery-scam-tricks-users-handing-over-email-account-access

I appreciate your attempts to explain and reexplain how the verification works and why it is needed but ...It has been long established that messages matching those in this thread have been used in phishing attempts too.

 It feels like malware because it is *exactly the same behavior as the malware/phishing*.
The Symantec link includes a bit on how the scam version works.
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Apropos the link included in your response, let me see if I am able to put your (and others') mind(s) at ease. I shall comment WRT to the following steps which are at the core of the article.
  • Malroy accepts this option and an SMS message with a six-digit verification code is sent to Alice.
  • Alice receives a message saying “Your Google Verification code is [SIX-DIGIT CODE].”
Alice, assuming she is a smart person, would understand that this is an unrequested code, so must have been either prompted as a result of something attempting to sign into her account or their own account which may have her phone number listed. Being a smart person, she decides to never share that code with anyone.
  • Malroy then sends Alice an SMS message saying something like “Google has detected unusual activity on your account. Please respond with the code sent to your mobile device to stop unauthorized activity."
Once again, Alice, being the smart person, understands that the message is different from what is discussed in this thread, is received from a number that is different from the ones she usually receives them, and chooses to ignore it. 
  • Alice, believing that the message is legitimate, replies with the verification code.
Why would she believe it to be a legitimate one when it is received from a number that is different from the ones she usually receives them from?

I believe you are confusing this issue, where the users are complaining about outgoing messages to a random number with issues where users receive incoming messages from random numbers.

I hope this helps.
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Yes. absolutely puts my mind at rest.
It confirms ~Proof of Concept~ where any compromised device, number or short code can be a pivot to to many others and that "Help" will facilitate it as long as it looks right.
I am so much more comfortable with phones sending partly encoded messages to unfamiliar numbers without human interaction at random times of day and night without any way to vet them except discussion board hearsay than I am with spam SMS. That is so much less like virus infection or botnet.
Glad you skimmed the article, sorry you missed the point.

I am not disputing the accuracy of information presented. 
It is the *dangerously bad security advice* you are giving to trust this in every case without better visibility into origin.
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@igor pote

I would love to continue this conversation with you, but without disrupting the central talking point of this thread. Can you please create a separate thread and share the link for me to join it here?

I am so much more comfortable with phones sending partly encoded messages to unfamiliar numbers without human interaction at random times of day and night without any way to vet them except discussion board hearsay than I am with spam SMS. That is so much less like virus infection or botnet.

-- When the issue was first reported, not on this thread, it was first considered something as such. However, it was only after comparing the provided details, and discussions with the team at Google, that the issue was identified as a verification process initiated by Google. That's the reason we can say with some degree of certainty that the text messages, matching the contents reported by users in this thread,  were sent out by Google. 

Does this mean that this can't be replicated by others? - Of course not. The fact that this process is very different from other Google verification processes is bound to raise suspicion and concern. This is why the feedback that the users would be better assured should Google choose to use a shortcode name or a fixed number has already been passed onto Google for consideration around May.
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Thank you Somnath - *that* was very reassuring.
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I just received the same txt from 244444, assuming this is legit what am I supposed to do after receiving the txt?
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Also received from 244444
Have galaxy S9+
Hardware version Rev1.1
At&t carrier
How on earth would I know the country of origin ??? I'm in the USA
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What is Google ads
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@VoIP Route Inc

This outbound verification process requires no action on your part. So, you need to initiate nothing from your end. 


Thank you for the details. I shall in