Phantom text messages

TracyShort

I sent a text message to my sister and seconds later I had notifications that I had 3 new text messages.. I went into my messages and there were NO NEW messages.. Has my phone been hacked or has someone messed with my contact list?

Thank you for helping me with this..

Tracy

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jimlynch
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You didn't include the kind of phone you are using, so it's hard to guess what might have happened. Perhaps you could try restarting the phone? You might also check the phone manufacturer's site related to bundled software to see if there's an FAQ about current problems.

TheCount
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That’s definitely odd, but don’t jump to conclusions just yet. Are you using a messaging app like Whatsapp or LINE? Sometimes things just go wrong with them, but not very often. If you are using the native SMS service, with most carriers you can go online and check your message history. If you can, do that and see if there is anything that looks out of place. Some rogue apps will send out texts, and this actually is something to be concerned about because they can cost you money. Install a good malware scanner like Lookout or AVG - you can get either for free from Google Play - and run a check on your system. Also, if there are any apps you installed just before this behavior started, uninstall them or at least review their permissions to see if they could be at fault. Hope it’s just a glitch, but better to check it out than ignore it. 

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