Drive-by SMS compromise of my phone?

glarepate

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I went back and looked at the sequence of events again. I was wrong about the order that things happened in and also the number I was trying to text was not my friend's cell number it was her land line at home in Arizona. It looks like trying to text her land line triggered the app named Automateit which I had recently installed.

My thanks to those who responded to my post and my apologies for posting such an unfounded thread to begin with.

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I got a text yesterday from 781 577-6890. It wasn't anyone I knew so I didn't read it. I sent out an SMS a minute or two later and then got two SMSes, one from 5263 saying that my text had been sent to the person I had just texted and that my use of their text-to-landline service constituted acceptance of their terms of service. The second one was from 5264 and I didn't read that one.

None of those 3 messages show up in my list of SMSes when I am logged in and looking at my account information at VM.

Is this an example of one of the drive-by compromises that Jerryscript and other devs are working to block?

Anybody else see this kind of thing?

Any idea how it could be sent to my phone and not register with VM? I called then and was told that since I have unlimited messaging it couldn't cost me anything and I asked them if it could cause me to be subscribed to a premium messaging service that I would have to pay for. The rep. told me that wouldn't happen.
 
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glarepate

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You texted a house phone number. Nothing serious. :p

Sent from my LG-VM670 using Tapatalk 2

Nope. I sent a text to another cell phone.

Before that happened is when I got the text from 781 577-6890. Not only was it before I texted the other cell but I never opened the SMS from 781 577-6890. And then when I sent the text to the other cell I got two messages, one from 5263 saying that my text has been sent to a land line successfully. It's not a land line and the texts from 5263 and 5264 didn't register on my account activity with VM.

It should never have had any knowledge of that text message I sent or the number that I sent it to since I never even opened the SMS they sent me and didn't sign up for the service either. And none of the 3 messages, from 781 577-6890, 5263 or 5264, appeared in the list of texts in my account activity at VM even though the ones before and after it did.

And I just noticed: There is also no record of the text that I sent to the other cell number, which has a Phoenix Area Code. So it looks like that one got hijacked.

Thanks for helping me create a better description of what happened though. ;)
 
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cole2kb

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Have you installed any apps recently?

Also, check your list of running processes and see if there is anything you don't recognize.

Google the exact wording of one of the texts you received and see if anybody else is mentioning this.
 

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