Random mobile numbers responding to a text I sent to a completely different number!!

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I recently responded to a text message from my brother - it had his picture that i added to gmail contacts, so I had no reason to assume it wasnt from him. Turns out it was from a different number - I didnt notice until I had responded. A minute later all kinds of mobile numbers from the 403 area code (he's in Calgary) started responding and asking "who is this?" Anyone else had this happen or does anyone know what could have caused this? I'm wondering if my gmail contacts have been hacked??
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Hi Bob,

What I suspect is that your number might be "spoofed" (faked) by a spammer... it is VERY easy to do and your account doesn't need to be hacked for that.
I had the same once but with my email address. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done about this, except hope the spammer will use another number in the future :( Your other option is to change your number :(
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Thanks for the reply Sophia - wonder how they were able to use the picture of my brother since they sent it from a different mobile #? I will definitely change the password on there, thanks for the tip.
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Exactly Bob, that was what got me wondering if your (or his) account wasn't hacked after all. For me Gmail is really important (I store most of my vital stuff there and in Google Drive) so I have enabled their 2 step verification. I admit it is a pain in the bum at times, but to me it's totally worth it to be hack-free.
Sorry about your experience :(
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Yep - I have started using gmail for all tasks, contacts, etc now as well, so I think I may enable that. Thanks again for the response!
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Any time :) Being hacked is a very frightening experience - you feel violated. Let's hope your next question will be a happier one :)
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I hope so - thanks for the great advice Sophia - I signed out the other sessions, changed password, and added the alert - hopeully this is the end of that little misfire!
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Oh one last tip for you: you can click "Details" under last account activity in the right hand corner of your Gmail screen (on the desktop). It will pop up a list of who accessed your computer, from where and what IP address.
You can check there if there is any unusual activity, also change the Alert to "Show an alert for unusual activity".

I'd click "Sign out all other sessions" to make sure any potential hacker can't get back into your account after you change your password.

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