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3/11/19
Received Google Verification Code without Requesting It 1 Recommended Answer 20 Replies 451 Upvotes
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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?
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3/12/19
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.
 
 
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3/15/19
This person has no right in my account
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3/27/19
What can you do if you were scammed and did provide the scammer with the verification code?
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4/3/19
They are fraud
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5/27/19
am here help me
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