This content is likely not relevant anymore. Try searching or browse recent questions.
Received Google Verification Code without Requesting It 1 Recommended Answer 20 Replies 451 Upvotes
1 Recommended Answer
$0 Recommended Answers
Last edited 3/15/19
I use Google voice as 2nd authentication to a few other accounts. A few minutes ago I received a Google verification code, but I did not request on any accounts. I'm wondering how I could find out which account was being requested for access so that I can change the credentials for security purposes. Can anyone help?
All Replies (20)
Hi Yan Zhang:  thanks for posting in the Google Voice Community forum.
There are two explanations:  somebody trying to set up Google Voice accidentally entered your phone number, or,  more likely, some scammer is trying to trick you into verifying your number for their Google account, so they can acquire another GV number for nefarious purposes, like robocalling or harassment.
If you received a code, just ignore it.  It doesn't indicate a security breach.  Of course, you can sign into each of your Google/Gmail accounts and complete the security checkup and change your password as a best practice.  Do this using your browser's incognito or private browsing window -- open one for each account, then close it and open another window for the next account and so on.  This is so Google won't get confused by signing into multiple accounts on the same browser.
However, you have a gigantic problem:  never use a Google Voice number for two-factor authentication.  If that Google Voice number gets suspended or reclaimed, or you forget the password to that account, you have "painted yourself into a corner", and you will never be able to sign into that account again.
Use a true mobile phone number for 2FA instead, never a Google Voice number.
Last edited 3/12/19
marked this as an answer
This person has no right in my account
Last edited 3/15/19
marked this as an answer
What can you do if you were scammed and did provide the scammer with the verification code?
Last edited 4/5/19
marked this as an answer
They are fraud
marked this as an answer
am here help me
marked this as an answer
This question is locked and replying has been disabled.
Discard post? You will lose what you have written so far.
Write a reply
10 characters required
Failed to attach file, click here to try again.
Discard post?
You will lose what you have written so far.
Personal information found

We found the following personal information in your message:

This information will be visible to anyone who visits or subscribes to notifications for this post. Are you sure you want to continue?

A problem occurred. Please try again.
Create Reply
Edit Reply
Delete post?
This will remove the reply from the Answers section.
Notifications are off
Your notifications are currently off and you won't receive subscription updates. To turn them on, go to Notifications preferences on your Profile page.
Report abuse
Google takes abuse of its services very seriously. We're committed to dealing with such abuse according to the laws in your country of residence. When you submit a report, we'll investigate it and take the appropriate action. We'll get back to you only if we require additional details or have more information to share.

Go to the Legal Help page to request content changes for legal reasons.

Reported post for abuse
Unable to send report.
This reply is no longer available.
You'll receive email notifications for new posts at
Unable to delete question.
Unable to update vote.
Unable to update subscription.
You have been unsubscribed
Unable to delete reply.
Removed from Answers
Marked as Recommended Answer
Removed recommendation
Unable to update reply.
Unable to update vote.
Thank you. Your response was recorded.
Unable to undo vote.
Thank you. This reply will now display in the answers section.
Link copied
Unable to lock
Unable to unlock
Unable to pin
Unable to unpin
Unable to mark
Reported as off topic