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I know that something similar has happened to other people before (see for instance here or here), but the situation and the question are slightly different. I wanted to log in to my Gmail account from my laptop, and usually I receive a verification code to my phone number, sent by "Google". This time it was sent from some random phone number, and it did not work. I tried a few more times to get a code. Every time it was sent from a different international phone number and had some oddities (wrong spacing or spelling), but the timing was almost seamless (it arrived perhaps 2-3 seconds after I had requested it, while usually it takes roughly 1 second). I did not try to use them anymore, as I was growing suspicious. I cleared the cookies and browsing history of my iPhone, restarted it, retried again to get a code, and still got a similar message from some random number. I tried again and then I got a usual message from Google, used the code, it worked, and then I changed my Gmail password (just to be safe). But now I am wary of using my phone for the 2-step verification process: it looks like someone is getting the message from Google instead of myself, and then is sending me a fake code (though I would not know why). I want to stress that I do not get these messages at random times (as other people on the internet have mentioned), but rather shortly after having actually requested a code. Does this mean that my phone has been compromised (though I would not know how...), and if so, what can I do about it?

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  • This looks exactly like the linked questions.
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 21:17
  • It doesn't, in the following ways: in one link the code did work, in the other link it arrived at a random time. And in any case, the question is different: I am not asking whether the phone number is from Google (I am quite confident it is a scam, because of oddities in the texts) but rather whether (/how) my phone might have been compromised and whether it's still safe to use it.
    – 57Jimmy
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 21:20
  • We cannot possibly tell if/how your phone was compromised by this behavior. And the first one you link is an exact duplicate,
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 21:21
  • I misread - it took a while
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 21:25
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    That's covered by the last link I provided above
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 22:40

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